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November 18th, 2012

Tiffany Hartman

Ambiguity and Constructivism

Blog Reflection 6

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

When examining my own motivation style and learning I realized that I have several learning and motivators when it comes to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. My motivation to learn comes from first my own yearning to become more in life and my passion to teach as well plays a role in my motivation to learn. My motivators furthermore, come from my grandchildren and my now grown children. In order for me to set a good example for them I feel the need to be motivated to learn to set an example for them to succeed in life. The first thing I realized when doing this assignment was that humans do have a basic need for survival. My students and I have that same need as well. I have to make sure that they have what they need in order to be successful in our classroom and vice versa. They need the essential of food and water and a roof over their head just like I do. They need the basic essential to concentrate as well as I do. This is true for them to do well in school and for me to do well at teaching them.

I have been laid off from my job of ten years for almost a year and it has been hard to get back into the swing of things with the unemployment rates of finding a well suited job. At the same time my husband got laid off and got sick so life seemed to focus on our basic needs. According to Maslow “humans have seven levels of needs that he placed in a hierarchy, ranging from the “lower-level needs for survival and safety to the higher-level needs for intellectual achievement and the last is self-actualization” (Woolfolk, 2013, p. 434). Even though now I have a decent job it has taken a toll on my basic needs and made me look at my life from a different prospective. I now do what God has called me to do and follow my own passion and call in life. I need more education to follow my dreams of teaching. The uncertainty of the job economy affects me internally and motivates me to do something about it. Can you imagine how students are affected when their parents loose a job, and how their safety, stability and the basic needs may come in to play in their life and how this may affect them in school? While examining my own motivation to learn I realized that the above aspects affected the next level of Maslow’s Hierarchy and so own. They rank in my life as well as many others and in my students in the same way in order be Self Actualized as a whole person.

1. The Physiology Basic Need I have must have my basic need of food water and yes sex for all others needs to be met. This will affect the survival and my ability to get a job and get good grades and my overall knowledge self-esteem focuses on my own inner self actualization and the realization that I need to find a job to live, eat drink and have a roof over my head I need more education to get a better paying job for my family and for myself to help others. This is my example of my defiency needs and I needed them in order to become self actualized. This is an example of my, internal locus of control. Another example of my internal locust of control is I want to do well in school to achieve my dreams of becoming a teacher. Our students need to have their inner basic needs to be met also to do well in school if a child comes to school hungry it will make it hard for them to focus on school. It they feel they do not belong this to may affect their performance in school.

2. Safety Students safety and my own is important to be and having a safe place to live in order to want to come to school in the first place. Our students to must have a place to live and sleep and be accepted. This can be an internal locost of control in how they feel. But is some aspects can be externally because they need to feel safe in other places as well. And externally this may hurt them outside the home if they do not feel safe at home and school.

3. Love and Belonging Students and I may feel this from each other loved ones or each other. This can be felt internally with self esteem and externally from their peers. Students must feel a sense that they belong. We all need to feel that we are loved and to feel like you belong is so important for ourselves as well as our students to be a part of school and lessons. In our reading this week constructivist discusses their own views of learning. Learners can be are active in constructing their own knowledge and two, social interactions are important. And this is a process. (Woolfolk, 2013, p.359)

This is extremely important to note when teaching our students. I found a fun video to describe Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Hierchy on U Tube if you have time to watch it

4. Esteem We can then feel like we can do almost anything once we have the proper ways to and tools to get there.

I have a good job and a safe place to live and also my students will need to have the same thing in their own lives to progress in other parts of their own life.

This all may lead to being self actualized at the top of the chart below. The graph below represents a visual image of what I am discussing in my blog.

Image came from this website


Tiffany’s Memory Presenation

November 17th, 2012

I hope people can open this link I have had some trouble sharing. My presenation discusses important concepst for teachers and students in the classroom and envoke memory for learning.


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