Do you understand what motivates the children in your class? How can you help children understand their own behavior? And what effects can this have on learning?

This fascinating book explores the interactions between teachers and students, presenting new ways of engaging young people in learning. Alan McLean's very practical approach shows teachers how to understand children's learning stances-the modes of behavior that children bring with them to the classroom. Linking this to specific teaching methods, he shows how teachers can shape their teaching to help children learn more effectively.

Chapters cover:

  • What makes pupils tick?
  • What pupils do to motivate themselves
  • Understanding children's emotions
  • What teachers can do to motivate pupils
  • Personality styles and how to work with them effectively
  • Children's learning stances

Alan McLean is Principal Educational Psychologist at Glasgow City Council.

The Stance-Specific Teaching Styles and Energizers

The Stance-Specific Teaching Styles and Energizers
The stance-specific teaching styles and energizers

What makes pupils tick and how can you keep them ticking without winding them up?

In Part V each of the pupil defensive reactions is presented in a separate chapter. First, each reaction is profiled with reference to the 3A needs. Second, some ideas about what lies behind the reactions are offered. Finally, after a quick recap of the key internal drainers, the stance-specific dos and don'ts are then itemized, in terms of each of the four classroom energizers. These suggestions will be more readily achieved in some learning contexts than in others. If agreement can be reached on the dos and don'ts by everyone working with the same pupils it will help to develop ...

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