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 Layers of the Matrix

The Layers of the Matrix

The layers of the matrix

This chapter recaps on the main components of the motivation matrix to highlight how the internal energizers, classroom energizers, stances and styles are all mirrors of the same basic template, formed by the 3A needs within the arc of resilience. It includes a discussion about the implications for the classroom of the way the self-emotions underpin achievement. The chapter concludes with a checklist covering the important motivational milestones in the process of the development of stances.

Personality Types, Traits and Learner Needs

The 3A needs fit into the circular matrix formed by the arc of resilience and its shadow. Personality can be characterized in terms of the twin qualities of reactivity and resilience that interact to determine how ...

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