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 Pupils Need

What pupils need

This chapter outlines the needs of affiliation, agency and autonomy (the 3As). Schools must nurture these in their pupils in order to engage them. The interplay between these needs is used to create a learner needs matrix. This matrix also profiles the motivational toxins that can pull young people into the dark side of motivation.

A need is something that, when met appropriately, promotes our well-being. Our needs signal the nutrients that are necessary for our well-being. We are not necessarily conscious of them.

The first learner need is for affiliation, which is the need to feel a sense of belonging within their class and school. The second, agency, is the need to feel competent in meeting the demands of school. Both ...

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