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Interactive Workshop by Ewing Coleman Green EDD 8260 CRN 50099 Linking Learning and Leadership to Brain Research Nova Southeastern University August 4 , 2013. Welcome!. Turn Right for Whole Brain Learning Interactive Workshop. 21 st Century Learning.

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Interactive Workshop


Ewing Coleman Green

EDD 8260 CRN 50099

Linking Learning and Leadership to Brain Research

Nova Southeastern University

August 4, 2013


Turn Right


Whole Brain Learning

Interactive Workshop

21 st century learning
21st Century Learning

Emphasis on the right hemisphere

the past
The Past
  • Pink (2006) suggested:
    • The 20th century
      • Primarily logic, sequence, and analytical skills
      • Advances in science, engineering, and finance (flight, energy generation, capital deployment, globalization)
      • Age of computing, language of code
      • Information technology
      • Focus on product function

Left brain powered

the future
The Future
  • Pink (2006) argued:
    • The 21stcentury promises to place a premium on
      • Intuitive and holistic thinking supported by logic and analysis
      • Big picture perspective
      • Age of conceptual thinking, language of story
      • Forming creative connections
      • Collaboration
      • Focus on product design

Right brain powered

the future cont d
The Future (cont’d)
  • Black and Gregersen (2008) argued:
    • People develop mental maps based on experience
      • 20th century perspective tended to be self-centric and fixed
      • 21st centuryperspective must be juxtapositional and integrated
        • Larger context, contrasting, flexible, and empathetic
        • Requires collaborative seeing, moving, finishing

Right brain powered

  • Advances in brain analysis using techniques such as fMRI, PET, and SPECT are pinpointing brain functioning
  • Executive functioning of the frontal lobes over distributed cognition
  • Integrated yet distinct functioning of the left and right hemispheres
neuroscience cont d
Neuroscience (cont’d)
  • Goldberg (2009) reported:
    • Left hemisphere primarily handles
      • Logic
      • Sequence
      • Activating established routines
      • Analysis
    • Right hemisphere primarily handles
      • Context
      • Synthesis
      • Formulating creative solutions
      • Emotional expression
right brain engagers
Right brain engagers
  • Big picture
  • Emotional expression
  • Flexible grouping
  • Differentiation
  • Collaborative discussion
  • Drawing
right brain engagers cont d
Right brain engagers (cont’d)
  • Painting
  • Mind mapping
  • Student relevancy
  • Humor
  • Games
  • Creative repetition
education needs to turn right
Education needs to ‘turn right’
  • The research, 21st century workforce requirements, and advances in neuroscience all point to the need for greater development and deployment of the right hemisphere
      • Education has a key role to play
    • Teacher professional development and student learning engagement must focus more on the right brain
turn right for whole brain learning
Turn Right for Whole Brain Learning

21st Century Educational Superhighway

workshop sessions
Workshop Sessions
  • 7 right brain oriented purposeful sessions
    • 45 minute duration with discussion
    • Stage: movement and dance — focused on big picture, emotional expression, and flexible grouping
    • Second floor: music— focused on differentiation and collaborative discussion
    • Side room: art — focused on drawing, painting and mind mapping
sessions cont d
Sessions (cont’d)
  • Side rooms and both tiers of lobby: (4)— two sessions each focused on the core subjects (language arts, social studies, math, and science
    • Cross-disciplinary content using multi-media audiovisuals
  • Emphasis on student-relevancy, humor, games, and creative repetition
workshop content
Workshop Content
  • Clockwise foot + 6
  • Consider these words
  • Vocabulary builder
  • Albert Einstein – for fun
  • What do you see?
  • More on the sides
  • Man in the coffee beans
workshop content cont d
Workshop Content (cont’d)
  • Man looking in which direction
  • Spinning girl
  • Core subject example – Algebra
clockwise foot 6
Clockwise foot + 6
  • Sitting where you are, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with it
  • Keep doing this, and draw the number 6 in the air with your right hand
  • Did you foot change directions and begin rotating counter clockwise involuntarily?
reflection questions
Reflection Questions
  • Why did this happen?
    • Which side of our brain controls the right side of our bodies?
    • Which direction does our right hand move in drawing the number 6?
    • What causes this phenomenon? (please respond…)
consider these words
Consider these words

left brain right brain

  • How many words do you see?
are there 4
Are there 4?

left brain right brain

  • 4 > left, brain, right, brain
slightly different question
Slightly different question

left brain right brain

  • How many different words do you see?
are there 3
Are there 3?
  • 3 > left, brain, right
slightly different question1
Slightly different question

Left brain right brain

  • Without rearranging the letters, how many different words do you see?
are there 7
Are there 7?

left brain right brain

  • 7 > left, brain, right, rain, bra, in, rig
reflection questions1
Reflection Questions
  • Why do the answers amongst us differ?
  • What is the influence of question form?
  • Since language is a dual hemispheric endeavor how does individual hemispheric functioning reveal itself here? (please respond…)
vocabulary builder
Vocabulary builder
  • Heuristic—
    • Enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves
      • i.e., a hands-on or interactive heuristic approach to learning

New Oxford American Dictionary, MacBook Pro

      • This builds a person’s sense of self-efficacy

Bandura (1977, 1997)

albert einstein
Albert Einstein
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge”
now try this
Now…try this
  • Move your eyes back and forth from the black facial images, left to right, right to left, and so on back and forth a few times…
do you feel it
Do you feel it?
  • Do you feel your occipital lobe working to make sense of the image and fix one representation?
    • You are exercising your brain and seriously engaging your corpus collosum!
this one is tough
This one is tough
  • Can you find the man in the coffee beans?
  • The man in the coffee beans overloads our brain and locks our right brain in an endless loop
  • There are excessive possibilities given the coloration, varying bean shapes, and combinations of clusters
  • Success is found here by engaging more of the left brain
one more visual
One more visual…
  • Is the man looking at you or to his right?
clockwise or counter clockwise
Clockwise or Counter Clockwise?
  • Spinning girl URL
one more time
One more time…
  • Spinning girl URL
  • Hint: Look down at the reflection in the floor for a while and your brain may reverse the rotation from clockwise to counter clockwise
these exercises serve to
These exercises serve to…
  • provide evidence of the gradiental, highly distributed nature of our brains operating in a massively parallel and interconnected way (Goldberg, 2009, p. 59)
  • help you feel and practice loaded right hemispheric functioning
core subject example algebra
Core Subject Example-- Algebra
  • How to make learning quadratics fun!
    • Let’s play with gravity!
    • Basic mathematics model:
    • What the heck does that mean and how do you use it in real life??
  • Turn right for whole brain learning!
    • Maximizes cognition
    • Prepares students for 21st century demands
  • Bandura, A. (1977). Social learning theory. Englewood, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Bandura, A. (1997). Self-efficacy: The exercise of control. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman and Company.
  • Black, J. S., & Gregersen, H. B. (2008). It starts with one: Changing individuals changesorganizations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Wharton School Publishing.
  • Goldberg, E. (2009). The new executive brain: Frontal lobes in a complex world. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Pink, D. H. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York, NY: Penguin.
image urls
Image URLs
  • Slide 2. Brain. Retrieved from bthumb/CSP/CSP990/k9965377.jpg
  • Slide 9. Left vs. Right 1. Retrieved from http://www.lefthandersday. com/images/brainorg.jpg
  • Slide 10. Left vs. Right 2. Retrieved from system/idea_thumbnails/45642/headline/rightbrain.jpg?1344535021
  • Slide 14. School bus. Retrieved from q=school+bus+highway
  • Slide 14. Right turn blinker. Retrieved from imgres?q=school+bus+right+blinker
image urls cont d
Image URLs (cont’d)
  • Slide 19. Right foot. Retrieved from
  • Slide 20. Right hand. Retrieved from
  • Slide 20. Number 6. Retrieved from
  • Slide 31. Einstein. Retrieved from images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSmJD5QswC4mfaX9uqX3ZYx6M41_473 NO2M0TDXFNrlfYljqHmhg
  • Slides 32, 33, and 34. Goblet or faces. Retrieved from O_Au_5n5D2XPMQ0TkFh36_v6h6carA
image urls cont d1
Image URLs (cont’d)
  • Slide 36. More on the sides. Retrieved from http:/ uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/left-brain-right-brain-mind.jpg
  • Slides 37 and 38. Man in the coffee beans. Retrieved from http://www.
  • Slide 40. Man looking at you or to his right. Retrieved from https:// gDf5dV5R_6wCjnngP2eIvc4YYU2K2ugOIMGjqRw
  • Slides 41 and 42. Spinning girl. Retrieved from neurologicablog/index.php/left-brain-right-brain-and-the-spinning- girl/
  • Slide 46. Author’s material