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Right-Brained Learners in a Left-Brained Classroom


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Title: Right-Brained Learners in a Left-Brained Classroom

Right-Brained Learners in a Left-Brained
  • Heres to the kids who are different,
  • Kids who dont always get As,
  • Kids who have ears
  • Twice the size of their peers,
  • And noses that go on for days,
  • Heres to the kids who are different,
  • Kids who bloom later that some,
  • Kids who dont fit,
  • But who bloom later than some,
  • Kids who dont fit,
  • But who never say quit,
  • Who dance to a different drum,
  • Heres to the kids who are different,
  • Kids with the mischievous streak,
  • For when they have grown,
  • As history has shown,
  • Its their difference that makes them unique.
  • Digby Wolfe

Brain Research
  • Brains have been the subject of research as long
    as anyone can remember. We do know that brains
    are universal. Every society has the same number
    of right or left brains.
  • The brain is not divided equally. The left side
    is larger and that is why so many people are
    right handed. However, being right handed does
    not mean that you are left-brained.

Are you left brained or right brained?
  • In general, the left and right hemispheres of
    your brain process information in different ways.
    We tend to process information using our dominant
    side. However, the learning and thinking process
    is enhanced when both side of the brain
    participate in a balanced manner. This means
    strengthening your less dominate hemisphere of
    the brain.
  • Take a dominance test.
  • Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World p.

Right Brain/Left Brain
  • Cross eyes
  • Look at Center
  • Watch the cross on the third circle. Every few
    seconds, it will change from a horizontal line to
    a vertical line and back. This is because the
    hemispheres of your brain are alternating in
    dominance for this activity. When the right
    hemisphere is dominant you see the blue circle
    and vertical line on top when the left
    hemisphere is dominant, the red circle and
    horizontal line are on top.

Right Brain/Left Brain
As you probably know, our brains have two
hemisphere's, the left and right. We use both
sides of our brain to solve problems, make
decisions and learn things, but for most of us
one side dominates. Some people prefer to
approach things very analytically and logically,
focusing on detail, working in a linear fashion.
Others prefer a more global, holistic approach,
synthesising many pieces of information
simultaneously, using intuition and imagination
to generate ideas and links.
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Left Brain
  • Learning Style
  • If you are left brain dominant, then you probably
    like to work through learning step by step.
  • You prefer resources that guide you through
    learning in sizable chunks and you'll be happier
    breaking down your learning into an ordered
    series of goals and tasks. You work best with
    other people who are systematic and focused.

Right Brain
  • Learning Style
  • If you are right brain dominant, you will prefer
    learning resources that give you the big picture,
    such as case studies, and examples of good
  • You will prefer to start work on a broad goal or
    project, and fill in the detail, the specific
    skills you need as you go. You will probably
    learn well from observing, discussing and sharing
    experiences with colleagues.

Sequential Vs. Random Left Brained
  • List maker
  • Daily planning
  • Make master schedules
  • Complete tasks in order
  • Pleasure in checking things off
  • Good speller because it involves sequence
  • Follow directions

Sequential Vs. Random Right-Brained
  • Random approach
  • Flit from one task to another
  • Get it done without addressed priorities
  • Assignments may be late or incomplete because
    they were working on something else
  • Ready to rebel when asked to make schedule of
  • Must make lists to survive because of random
    nature of brain
  • Spelling makes them cringe
  • Must make special effort to read directions
  • Color sensitive-try using colors to learn
  • 1st green, 2nd blue, last red or imagine sequence

Linear Vs. Holistic Left Brained
  • Part to whole
  • Takes pieces, lines them up, arranges in order
    then draws conclusions

Linear Vs. Holistic Right Brained
  • Whole to part Start with answer, see the big
    picture first not the details
  • Difficulty following lecture unless they have the
    big picture first
  • Important to read/know background information
    before lecture Teacher must give overview
  • Have trouble outlining Write paper first then
    outline later because it is required
  • Needs to know why you are doing something

Symbolic Vs. Concrete Left Brained
  • No trouble processing symbols
  • Comfortable with mathematical endeavors
  • Memorize vocabulary words or math formulas

Symbolic Vs. Concrete Right Brained
  • Things must be concrete
  • Need to see, feel, touch the real object
  • Have trouble learning to read using phonics
  • Need opportunities for hands-on activities
  • Draw out math problems
  • Must illustrate notes

Logical Vs. Intuitive Left Brained
  • Linear
  • Sequential
  • Logical
  • Use information piece by piece
  • Look for pieces to draw logical conclusions
  • Writing mechanics spelling, agreement,

Logical Vs. Intuitive Right Brained
  • Intuition
  • Know right answer to math problem but not sure
    how you got it
  • May start with answer and work backwards
  • Gut feeling on quizzes as to which answers are
    correct-usually right

Verbal Vs. Nonverbal
Left Brain Little trouble expressing themselves in words Right Brain Know what they mean but often have trouble finding right words.
Reality-Based Vs. Fantasy-Oriented
  • Left Brained
  • Deals with the way things arereality
  • Adjust to things
  • Want to know rules and follow them. If none,
    want to make up rules to follow.
  • Know consequences of not turning in assignment or
    failing a test
  • Right Brained
  • Try to change environment
  • Not aware anything wrong
  • Need constant feedback and reality checks
  • Must keep careful record of assignments and tests
  • Creative
  • Focus on emotion

These are just some of the differences that exist
between the left and right hemispheres, but you
can see a pattern. Because left brain strategies
are the ones used most often in the classroom,
right brain students sometimes feel inadequate.
However, you now know that you can be flexible
and adapt material to the right side of your
brain. Likewise, those of you who are
predominantly left brain know that it would be
wise to use both sides of the brain and employ
some right brain strategies.
Humor in the Classroom
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Learning Styles
  • Left brains learn by hearing. They find the
    lecture system just fine.
  • Right brains need to see something done--show
    me, to feel, and to actually experience the
    process--then, they remember. Lecture style is a
    challenge for a right brain.

  • Lefts plan days in advance and are prepared for
    weekends, parties, and going to the movies.
  • Rights decide things on the spur of the moment.

  • Lefts usually have a tidy personal space and know
    where things are.

  • Rights have a "piling" system that they use
    quite often. They sometimes say, "Don't touch my
    piles. I know where everything is." Other rooms
    in a right brain's world may be neat and tidy,
    but the personal space rarely is.

  • Lefts memorize well. They can remember dates and
    facts easily. On tests they do quite well.
  • Rights remember images and patterns. They can see
    the picture of that soldier next to the cannon,
    remember details in his uniform, know what season
    of the year it is, and they know the date is
    below--but what is that date?
  • Lefts usually do better on tests even if both
    left and right brains have the same I.Q.

Impulse Control
  • Lefts can control their behavior easier. If a
    left has an eraser thrown at him, he first checks
    the location of the teacher. If the teacher is
    looking at him, he does not touch the eraser.
  • A right will "not" look to see where the teacher
    is, pick up the eraser, throw it back at the
    person that threw it at him and get caught.

  • Lefts will be on time and even early for
    everything. They are the ones in the theatre
    before anyone else gets there.
  • Rights, on the other hand, are usually only on
    time for the most important things. Rights are
    likely to be on time for church if in the choir.
    If not in the choir, it is probably optional to
    be on time.

  • Lefts speak with few gestures and are not very
    animated. Their voice does not fluctuate much.
  • Rights can not talk without using the hands.
    Their facial expression and voice may both be
    quite animated and entertaining.

L.D. vs. A.G.
  • "LD, Learning Disabled, students are not that
    much different from AG, Academically Gifted. The
    difference is that the AG students have learned
    to play the school game." LD students know that
    it is a game and refuse to play or have not
    figured out how to play because of their
    disability. AG students know that it is a game
    but will play because they want to be successful
    in the world. IQ is often the same.
  • Because half of the students are right brained,
    teachers must teach to many modalities and not
    just the one--lecture.

Approaching A Project
  • Left brains naturally arrange the various steps
    in order and begin with the first one.
  • Right brains prefer the ricochet method. They
    select steps without any obvious order--doing
    what comes to mind at the moment. Both get the
    job done but in different ways.

  • Left brains can go to a party, meet 12 new
    people, and remember their names the next day.
  • The right brained person will not remember the
    names but will remember what they were wearing,
    the couch they were sitting on, the room they
    were in, how their hair was done, and possibly
    what they were talking about. Everything but the

Famous Right Brains The Right Brains Among Us
Are Many
Albert Einstein
Leonardo Da Vinci
Jonas Salk
  • Educators are typically left-brained-detailed
    and auditory processors. Many students are right
    brained and do poorly in these classrooms. We
    need to alter the teaching methods using various
  • We need to remember all of the Bloom quadrants.

Its T I M E
  • Technology
  • Integrated into
  • Meaningful
  • Experiences
  • Add an element of fun and engagement.

Technology Resources
  • Handhelds-Palms or iTouch
  • GPS- Geocaching
  • Classroom Response Systems
  • CPS/QuizWorks/Eggspert
  • Discovery Education-online video resources
  • Airliners or Tablets
  • Google Earth and Google Sky
  • Movie Maker
  • PhotoStory

  • Inspiration
  • Animoto
  • Webquests
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Storyline Online
  • Podcasts
  • SmartBoards
  • Digital Storytelling

Jane Houde Instructional Technology
Facilitator Buncombe County Schools jane.milner_at_b
csemail.org 828-255-5990
  • Right Brain Initiative
  • Brain Connections
  • Brain Dominance-Hemispheric Dominance Inventory
  • StopWatch
  • Angel Fire Test - paper copy
  • The Brain Explorer- better test
  • Creativity Test
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