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 Do to Motivate Themselves

What Pupils Do to Motivate Themselves

What pupils do to motivate themselves

What is Personality?

Stop and Think

  • What aspects of your personality do you like and dislike?

Our personality is how we adapt to different situations. It is our personal organizer that influences how we think and feel about ourselves. Pupils share the same emotions and needs. Their individuality comes from their unique personality that shapes the different ways each pupil tries to meet their needs.

Differences in pupils' personalities become apparent early in life and have pervasive influences upon and throughout their school career. From the young person's perspective, personality is their identity, who they are, shaped in terms of how they adapt to the demands of school and other aspects of their lives. From the teachers' and ...

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