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 Opposing Reaction

The Opposing Reaction

The opposing reaction

Billy, a 14-year-old, entered the senior management corridor. Mr Macgregor, the Deputy Head [DHT] called to him to get out – ‘You know you're not allowed in here’. Billy didn't respond. The DHT repeated the demand, each repeat becoming louder. Billy eventually decided to leave but the DHT had become so furious with him that he wanted Billy to stay and so blocked his way. Billy claimed he was doing what he was told. The DHT continued to block his way, saying ‘you're in big trouble, you're going nowhere’. Billy kicked Mr MacGregor in the shin and ran off.

The opposing reaction is all about trying to change the environment. Pupils who are most at risk of getting stuck here experience ...

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