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Left Brain vs. Right Brain Learning

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The brain is an amazing, intriguing and very complex organ. It is responsible for human intelligence, managing senses, movement, and all behaviors.

The human brain is made up of two hemispheres, the right half, and the left half, each is responsible for controlling different functions. Both sides communicate information through a connection of nerves that join that two halves. The right brain oversees most of the functions and movement on the left side of the body, and the left brain manages most functions and movement on the right.

When you hear, a person is right- or left- brained, this refers to their brain dominance. This means the individual has a natural tendency to process information more on one side or the other. Someone who uses their right side may be more spontaneous or intuitive, a left-brainer tends to be more logical.

Knowing which half of an individual’s brain is more dominant helps educators better understand student’s behavior, functioning, away of thinking, and speaking. It helps both parents and teachers develop activities tailored to a child’s natural preferences.

Right-brained children are very creative. Typical characteristics are the ability to perceive patterns, an understanding of how things relate in a variety of contexts and spatial awareness. These individuals are skilled at recognizing objects, faces, and places. These kids have the propensity for:

  • Thinking outside of the box
  • Artistic ability, such as painting, drawing or sculpting
  • Imaginative thought
  • Musical ability

Left-brained kids often possess analytical skills, mathematical concepts, and a gift for language. These children tend to be good with numbers, words, and letters. Left brain talents include:

  • Good language skills
  • Reasoning and logic
  • Math and science skills

Children with right or left brain dominance may exhibit one or more of the listed traits.

In a perfect world, educators would understand all their students and only left-brained teachers would be paired with left-brained children, and so on. But obviously, that is not possible. However, more time and attention can be spent determining how children naturally learn best. If teachers are dedicated to reaching each student, the playing field will be more level and learning will be made easier.