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Unformatted text preview: example, if you provide overly enthusiastic praise to students for the accomplishment of relatively easy tasks, students who observe this may believe that the praised student has low ability (Barker & Graham, 1997). Teachers who provide pity to students who fail, tend to communicate their belief that the pitied student has low ability (Graham, 1984). Students’ Personal Needs, Motives and Interests Principle 6.2 reminds us that our students have needs and motives that affect their ability to profit from teaching. For example, Maslow’s basic safety need implies that students want to learn in a secure and emotionally supportive environment. Students can feel at risk during instruction when they request help from the teacher or other peers. Studies done at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary level suggest that students who have low self-esteem or perceive themselves as lacking ability, often see help-seeking as a risky endeavor (Karabenick & Knapp, 1991; Newman, 1990, 1991). When they seek help, they believe others will...
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