Check with Maslow before coming down hard on students

Before tearing a strip off a student who fails to focus on your lesson, take a leaf out of Maslow’s book and make sure all of their needs are being met, says Callum Jacobs

Behaviour: Why teachers should pay attention to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

If you’ve ever wondered why thinking about that tray of muffins in the corner of the staffroom is making it hard to knuckle down to your marking, it could be time to reacquaint yourself with the work of Abraham Maslow. Maslow was a pioneer of humanist psychology which, in the middle of the 20th century, became the third force in psychology, challenging the dominance of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory and the new science of behaviourism.

Humanist psychology explored positive aspects of the human mind rather than focusing on why things went wrong. In short, it was about how to be your best self ...

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