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.

What Makes Pupils Tick

What Makes Pupils Tick

What makes pupils tick

This chapter outlines the aims and focus of the book, and explores what motivation is about. It gives a preview of the motivation matrix. It argues that misbehaviour is a function of poor motivation and concludes with a description of motivation as a two-way process between teachers and pupils.

This book has been written mainly for teachers but it will be of interest to anyone who wants to develop their ability to motivate others to learn. This depends on the following:

  • How do you feel about yourself in your particular role?
  • What is your capacity to tune in to people?
  • How flexible are you?

The teacher's tool kit has traditionally consisted of pedagogy to teach the curriculum and disciplinary techniques to control behaviour. ...

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