A group that 'gels' and works really well together is a delight to teach. Sometimes this just happens, but mostly it is achieved by a lot of hard work by the tutor in induction. Induction is one of the most important aspects of teaching. It is the chance to create an environment where learners feel happy and secure with their peers, their tutors, the subject and the college/workplace. It lays the groundwork for all their future learning and working together, and this puts it at the centre of learning, rather than that add-on it sometimes appears.
A successful induction, therefore, has a number of different elements. It should help the group to:
- work well together
- clearly understand the structure and requirements of the course
- feel comfortable in the working environment
- identify their previous knowledge/experience of the subject and how they will build on this
- understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from their tutors, course and college
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