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.

What Pupils Do to Motivate Themselves

What Pupils Do to Motivate Themselves
What pupils do to motivate themselves

What a piece of work is a man. (Shakespeare) Who knows why we do the things we do. (Coleridge)?

All pupils are different. What are the key differences, open to teacher influence, that shape their ‘engage-ability’? The answer is how they feel about themselves and their motivational resilience, their capacity to get their needs met and cope with setbacks. This is in part shaped by what pupils do to motivate themselves, that is their internal energizers and drainers (their ‘motivational baggage’). Figure II.1 presents the learning stances as the tip of an iceberg, with the internal energizers that underpin them lying unseen below the water.

Figure II.1 The learning stances and internal energizers

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