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 Teachers Do to Motivate Their Pupils

What Teachers Do to Motivate Their Pupils

What teachers do to motivate their pupils

The best teachers know you from the inside. (Jamie, 11-year-old pupil)

This chapter outlines what teachers do to motivate pupils using the external (classroom) energizers. These are the working tools with which teachers meet pupils' 3A needs.

Stop and Think

  • What kind of teacher are you?

Some children are so highly self-motivated the teacher does not need to do anything to motivate them. Many others are sufficiently motivated that the teacher just needs to make sure they sustain their engagement. The challenge for teachers is to motivate all pupils, particularly the ‘hard to reach’. When pupils are difficult to engage, the teacher's style becomes even more crucial. Their response can resolve any problems, or indeed transform ...

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