Thursday, 27 February 2014

Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students | Edutopia

In Abraham Maslow's original Hierarchy of Needs pyramid, the bottom two levels reflect basic needs, the next two reflect psychological needs, and top reflects self-fulfillment needs. 

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In the mid-1950s, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow created a theory of basic, psychological and self-fulfillment needs that motivate individuals to move consciously or subconsciously through levels or tiers based on our inner and outer satisfaction of those met or unmet needs. As a parent and educator, I find this theory eternally relevant for students and adults, especially in our classrooms. After studying it over the past couple of years, my graduate and undergraduate students have decided that every classroom should display a wall-sized diagram of the pyramid, as students and teachers alike place pins and post-its on the varying tiers based on their own feelings, behaviors and needs. What do actual brain-compatible strategies look like on this pyramid?


Lori Desautels Professor in the School of Education Marian University

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