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 to Meet Their Needs for Themselves

What Pupils Need to Meet Their Needs for Themselves

What pupils need to meet their needs for themselves



A close friend is ‘another self’. (Aristotle)

Pupils' affiliation nurtures and is in turn enhanced by friendships. Play among friends also builds lasting affiliations.1 Friendship is all about giving each other space and autonomy support, and striking a balance between individual and group goals. Pupils who are good at making friends tend to be self-confident and pro-social, and have good social skills such as self-disclosure and emotional attunement as well as good language skills. They will also have good emotional control that helps them resolve conflict. Adolescents' engagement in learning is particularly swayed by the engagement of their friends. A hallmark of adolescent friendship is its emphasis on intimacy ...

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