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.

Teaching Styles

Teaching styles

This has changed the way I look at myself. One of the things that I always think about dealing with a challenging class is that they stop me being myself and I then adopt a different style or mask which I am not always comfortable in.

The teaching styles have made me aware of where I ‘go to’ when I am not in my default mode. I find this very interesting (and worrying as I become sarcastic and crushing!!). I have never considered this before and now have the ability to realize if this transition has happened and have the ability to change my style. (Feedback from a teacher after a motivation workshop.)

This chapter looks at teachers' mindsets, motivation and motives that influence ...

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