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 Learning Stances

The Learning Stances

The learning stances

Comments on the Learning Stances

Class Teachers

The learning stances are a great way to think about what is going on in my class.

The learning stances are so much better because the pupils can see they are not trapped in labels like the ‘bad’ boy

I didn't realize that emotions were so important in my pupils' motivation to learn.

I'm confident in dealing with different stances now and I have more strategies for dealing with problems.

It has made me look at my class and the pupils in a different way. I now make assessments at a different level – not just at the National Curriculum level. I look at where the pupils are coming from.

The learning stances give me more information that is useful ...

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