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.

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Motivation is a personal business. It is appropriate therefore to start a book on motivation with an explanation of my personal motivation.

My interest in motivation was triggered when, as a parent, I found myself struggling to motivate my 10-year-old and 8-year-old sons to take up the guitar. I'll never forget catching myself saying: ‘That guitar is getting thrown out in the morning and that's £100 I've wasted.’ After six years' training in psychology and 20 years' experience as a psychologist, the only way I knew how to motivate my sons was to try to make them feel guilty.

I realized then I knew little about motivation. I had been working in education too long! I knew how to control, manipulate, reward and punish pupils but ...

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