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 Hiding Reaction

The Hiding Reaction

The hiding reaction

Robert was like a Christmas present waiting to be opened. (How one child described the change in Robert following lessons on the Learning stances)

Johnnie had never really liked school, and had perfected the art of doing just enough to keep his teachers ‘off his back’. He much preferred spending his days in his bedroom, on his computer. Recently he was more often there than at school. Johnnie turned up in class on Monday morning. ‘Nice of you to drop in’ his teacher stated, loudly and sarcastically. The rest of the class looked at each other and sniggered. Johnnie's face went bright red. He just wanted a big hole to swallow him up. He slipped out of the school during the ...

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