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 Exasperating Reaction

The Exasperating Reaction

The exasperating reaction

Josh drove Miss Allan mad by shouting out inappropriate comments and constantly asking silly questions. Miss Allan put him down as a troublemaker. That was until she came to realize how insecure he was and how he craved acceptance from his peer group. She noticed he would respond to any dare, no matter how ridiculous, from his peers. The penny dropped for Miss Allan when one of his classmates, a boy he looked up to, stole money from her handbag and Josh happily took the blame.

This reaction is in the centre of the matrix because it is a hybrid mixture of the other learning stances and reactions. It is particularly open to the subjective views of those defining the behaviour ...

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