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 Positive Learning Stances

The Positive Learning Stances

The positive learning stances

This chapter profiles each of the three positive learning stances and identifies the best teaching styles and specific energizers for each stance as well as the drainers that should be avoided. It may be thought unnecessary to consider how to motivate pupils who are already engaged. This misses three important points.

First, one of the best ways to engage pupils in the defensive reactions is to raise the engagement of the whole class by maximizing the engagement of those pupils already engaged. In the same way health strategies have made the biggest impact on problem drinkers by targeting the drinking behaviour of moderate drinkers.

A rising tide floats all boats.

Second, teachers need to be careful to avoid draining currently engaged ...

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