The humanist approach to educational psychology is based in the idea that, as human beings, our state of mind and the motives that drive us to achieve are based on needs that span the human condition.
What does that mean for educators?
It means that, as Abraham Maslow suggested, that all difficulties in the classroom might not come from intellectual deficits, but some other human need that has not been met for a student. In order for some students to achieve, their basic physiological, safety, and belongings needs have to be met before they can work toward achieving their academic goals.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Explains Why Some Children Fail