Discuss the implications of Maslow's hierarchy of needs in ensuring effective teaching and learning.    

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Maslow's hierarchy of needs has great implications for the practice of effective teaching and learning. The hierarchy suggests that people cannot reach the level of self-actualization if they do not have basic needs met, including physiological needs and needs related to safety. This means that children who are not given sufficient food or healthcare are not ready or able to learn until their needs are attended to. The hierarchy explains the importance of programs such as Head Start, good public healthcare for children, and free school meals. Without these programs, children simply cannot learn. In addition, children must feel safe in their schools, with each other, and with their teachers if they are going to learn.

The next two levels of the hierarchy, love/belonging and self-esteem, mean that students must feel a sense of connection and love from their school. They must sense that their school administrators and teachers care for them. In addition, they...

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