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 Alarming and Draining Reaction

The Alarming and Draining Reaction

The alarming and draining reaction

If you are upset and angry you concentrate on what is making you upset and angry not your work. (Alison, aged 10)

Laura was a looked after and accommodated 10-year-old. One minute she was angry and the next minute tearful. Laura was scared and outrageous in equal measure, a victim and a bully. She constantly complained about the other pupils in order to seek physical contact with the support assistants. Friendships never lasted as she rejected other people before they could reject her. Although desperate for attention, she spoiled her work if the teacher tried to correct it and ripped it up if she was praised. She appeared to be carrying the weight of the world on ...

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