Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Helps to Deepen Our Understanding of Meeting
A Student’s Basic Needs

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Maslow’s research explained human motivation. When an individual’s basic needs are met (e.g., food and water), the individual is then motivated to reach the next level in the hierarchy of needs.

The illustration below provides a detailed explanation. Motivational level Description of person at this level Table 1 below – Maslow Hierarchy of Needs 

* Self-transcendence
To have a peak experience beyond the boundaries of self

* Self-actualization
To be fulfilled; doing what one was born to do

* Esteem needs
Being recognized for some form of achievement

*Belongingness and love
Strive for affiliation

* Safety needs
Strive for safety and security

(survival) needs Strive to secure the basic necessities of life (water, food)

This model is appropriate in examining the story, Mama Said…” Second Edition w/The Communication Companion.  The concept aligns well with Bonita’s relationship with her mother.  Evidence of Maslow is defined and explained in Table 1.

It is important to note that a child experience will vary from family to family because an individual experience is unique for them in their family structure. Many of us can agree that family dynamics are multi-complicated and what may work for one family may not work for another family. The experience of Bonita and her relationship with her mother applies in many families today. This “pearl of wisdom” represented by Maslow Hierarchy of Needs is a useful tool in any family structure.  It can be useful for educators to understand the motivations of their students and families.



Mama Said…Lessons (Pearls of Wisdom)

(Courtesies of Carthage College Educators)
“A Parent’s Influence:” On Their Child’s Academic Achievement

“Enjoy life and have a sense of humor.”

“Follow your dreams.”

“Don’t be afraid, you can always come home.”

“You can be, do, anything you put your mind to.”

“Keep God first, front row and center in your life.”

“Don’t be afraid of life and respect others.”

“Family is first…if you want it you can do it.”

“Don’t try to do it all; learn how to delegate.”

“Believe in yourself; you can do it.”

“You can do anything you put your mind to do. (And don’t hate your brothers!)

“Say your prayers.”

“Take opportunities that come your way including traveling.”

“Don’t wait to do – Do it!”

“Let God take care of it.”

“Kill them with kindness.”

“Stop…do more and balance your life.”

“Can you get in?…Be a gym teacher.”

“We might get paid more; but what you do is priceless.”

“Bloom where you are planted.”

“Treat other people kindly.”

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