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.

How Pupils Feel about Themselves: Their Emotions as Their Personal Guide

How Pupils Feel about Themselves: Their Emotions as Their Personal Guide

How pupils feel about themselves: Their emotions as their personal guide

This chapter explores the important role emotions play in motivation to learn. It contrasts energizing and draining emotions. How well our needs are met is expressed through the self-emotions, how we feel about ourselves. The different types of self-emotions are profiled. Finally we discuss how the different elements of the self-emotions work together.

Stop and Think

  • Why do we have emotions?

Why Do We Have Emotions?

The main function of our emotions is to tell us how we are coping and to guide our behaviour. Our goals determine what we pay attention to and our emotions help us check on our progress towards these goals. This information motivates ...

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