Sunday, 19 June 2011

First dates

Meeting your Problem Based Learning (PBL) tutorial group for the first time is a bit like a first date; everyone is on their best behavior, with lots of smiles and nervous laughter.  Introductions are made, unfamiliar names patiently spelled out, ground rules are established.  Over the next five weeks the relationship will begin to develop and mature.  As the group becomes more familiar with each other shyness will be overcome, and safety for learning will develop.  In every small group relationship however boundaries will be tested and occasionally bad behaviors may be exhibited.  It will be our challenge to trust that we are working together to learn and that we have our best interests at heart.  In the end mutual respect will be our compass.

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