Right Brain Vs. Left Brain
The clockwise direction
The counterclockwise or anticlockwise direction
The two hemispheres of your brain process information differently--the Right Brain is more artistic and emotional, while the Left Brain is more analytical and sequential--but share responsibility for making your body function. Most people have a dominant side of their brain; the dominant side processes the information and knowledge you garner on a daily basis.
The students we teach have diverse learning styles that require different approaches. So how can we adapt our teaching to reach and engage as many of them as possible. The answer lies in first knowing ourselves as teachers. One way to do this is to understand how our own â€œNeurological Style" influences the way we teach. Each one of us has a Left-, a Right-, or a Middle-Brain preference, and believe it or not this significantly influences our teaching patterns. By understanding the processes at work in the brain, we can better help our students to explore their own individual preferences.
This quiz will help you learn whether you are a left-, right-, or middle-brain teacher. Please take a few minutes to complete the quiz and tally the results.
To Score Give yourself one point for each time you answered "A" for questions: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21. Give yourself one point for each time you answered "B" for questions: 4 ,5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18.
Add all points. Totals imply: 0-4: strong left brain 5-8: moderate left brain 9-13: middle brain 14-16: moderate right brain 17-21: strong right brain
Understanding Your Results
You now know whether your preference tends to the Left, Right, or Middle brain, but what does this mean? First, for those of you who came out to be strong to moderate Left- or Right-Brain Dominant, be assured that your other hemisphere is alive and well; however, the results do mean that you tend to lead with your dominant hemisphere.
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order/pattern perception knows object name reality based forms strategies practical safe
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses feeling “big picture” oriented imagination rules symbols and images present and future philosophy & religion can “get it” (i.e. meaning) believes appreciates spatial perception knows object function fantasy based presents possibilities impetuous risk taking
For example, if you are Right-Brain Dominant, it is your intuitive, emotional right hemisphere that guides the decisions you make throughout the day. If you are Left-Brain Dominant, it is your sequential, time-oriented left hemisphere which tells you how to think, what to believe, and what choices to make.
Those who are Middle-Brain Dominant tend to be more flexible than either the leftor the right-brain folks; however, you often vacillate between the two hemispheres when you make decisions. You sometimes get confused when decisions need to be made because, neurologically speaking, you could do most tasks through either a left-brain or a right-brain method.
The Left-Brain Teacher
Teachers with left-brain strengths generally prefer to teach using lecture and discussion. To incorporate sequence, they put outlines on the board or overhead, and they like to adhere to prepared time schedules. They give problems to the students to solve independently. Teachers with left-brain preferences assign more research and writing than their right-brain peers. A reasonably quiet, structured classroom is preferred. The classroom tends to be clean, with items in their place.
The Left-Brain Student
*Left-brain students prefer to work alone. *They like to read independently and incorporate research into their papers. *They favor a quiet classroom without a lot of distraction.
Activities that stimulate the Left Brain are: Solving crossword or word search puzzles, performance of learned tasks, language usage, both comprehensive and expressive, analytical information, problem solving, and recalling new information. Geometric or spatial memory, hand gestures, writing one's name, classifications of pictures or words into categories, recalling complex narratives, recognizing someone you have met, and name recognition are also all left brain activities.
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Sequential Thinking Sees Details Logical: Cause & Effect Language Functions Grammar Rules Uses Facts Speaks Well Good With Numbers Word Puzzles Analyzes Names Things
The Right-Brain Teacher Teachers with Right-Brain strengths generally prefer to use hands-on activities over a lecture format. In concert with the right-brain preference of seeing the whole picture, these teachers incorporate more art, manipulatives, visuals, and music into their lessons. They tend to embrace Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences. They like to assign more group projects and activities, and prefer a busy, active, noisy classroom environment. The classroom of a strong right-brain teacher will typically have materials and books scattered all over.
The Right-Brain Student *Right-Brain students prefer to work in groups. *They like to do art projects, industrial arts electives in middle school, and graphic design. *They would prefer to design and make a mobile rather than write "another tedious term paper."
Activities that stimulate the Right Brain are: Emotional issues, the creative process, recalling memorized lists, any unfamiliar event or activity, and holding the attention span. Seeing or feeling different sizes, seeing different colors, attention exercises involving timing, seeing unfamiliar faces, and meeting someone new also stimulate the Right Brain.
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Insight Imagination Face Recognition Spatial Orientation Drama Metaphor/Poetry Music Meditation/Prayer Rap/Rhyme Art/Colors
Preferences of the Two Sides of the Brain Description of the Left-Hemisphere Functions Constantly monitors our sequential, ongoing behavior. Responsible for awareness of time, sequence, details, and order, responsible for auditory receptive and verbal expressive strengths, specializes in words, logic, analytical thinking, reading, and writing. Responsible for boundaries and knowing right from wrong, knows and respects rules and deadlines.
PERSONAL PREFERENCE LEFT DOMINANCE RIGHT DOMINANCE *Classical music *Being on time *Careful planning *To consider alternatives *Being thoughtful *Monopoly, scrabble, or chess
*Popular music *A good time *To visualize the outcome *To go with the first idea *Being active *Athletics, art or music
Activities for exercising the brain hemispheres: WATIZIT An exercise for your right brain, WATIZIT--What Is It?--gives you a series of images, pictures that are only part of the whole. It is your job to determine what the whole picture is. Different versions of this game, some under different names, may be found in books at the store or library, and some are also available online. http://www.slideshare.net/ohteikbin/watizita-right-brain-exercise
Writing Writing, spelling and word composition are parts of your logical, left brain functioning; if you want to exercise your left brain, write about something. Keep a journal of your day-to-day activities, maintain a regular blog on the Internet or contribute articles to a magazine or newspaper. Keep the topics factual; the factual topics will help you utilize the analytical and sequential skills of your left brain.
Singing Sing a song about an everyday object, or about the first thing you look at. Songs blend melody and rhyme, both of which are right brain functions, and creating a song--even a simple, four-line ditty--will help increase the functionality and expand the capabilities of your right brain. You can also use this activity to help figure out a problem, because your brain will work a bit differently as you sing about the problem.
Figure Out Puzzles Puzzles are heavily left-brained activities; they focus on sharpening your deductive and reasoning skills. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are the most popular puzzles that also make excellent left-brain trainers. A standard puzzle will also help exercise your left brain, but make sure to keep it appropriately challenging. Youâ€™ll get more left-brain exercise from a 1,000-piece puzzle than a 250- or 500-piece puzzle.
Drawing Drawing is a right-brained activity that taps into your creative mind and demands that you translate the images in your head into images on paper. You donâ€™t have to produce anything of superior quality; even jazzed-up stick figures will help give your right brain some exercise.
Reading Reading helps hone the analytical segment of your left brain, but the key here is to focus on what you are reading rather than skim through for select content. Select longer news articles or books, and check out the contents of a magazine or newspaper. If interest is a concern, read something about a topic that interests you; you will garner practical knowledge out of it and exercise your left-brain in the process.