Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – TS2d, TS8a

Upon completion of an assignment for university, I increased my understanding of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and how a child missing breakfast can impact their level of learning.

Whilst on professional placement, I was able to reflect on this theory. Children had the opportunity to pay for toast at school, and all pupils were provided with fruit at break times. This was an approach implemented in order to support childrens progression up Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs. Children are less likely to concentrate if they have not eaten before school, following this, their learning will be affected. The stratgey of providing children with snack removes the barrier of learning becoming disrupted by hunger.

Drawing upon reading of Maslow and reflection with regard to placement shows evidence against TS2. It is demonstrated that I can identify ways in which children learn, and the barriers that can prevent this. With this knowledge, I am able to identify various other barriers which may prevent children from learning, enabling me to support students in the best possible way.

The school strategy, of encouraging snack before break, can have a positive impact on children’s learning as they are eliminating the barrier of hunger from impacting children’s concentration. I do however understand that there may be more than one reason as to why a child is unable to concentrate, and as teachers we have to be flexible to try move around these issues to ensure all pupils are able to increase their learning and development. Developing from this I have set a target to increase my knowledge of other learning theories.

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