What does it mean? • An important factor to understanding learning styles is understanding brain functioning. • Both sides of the brain can reason, but by different strategies, and one side may be dominant over the other.
What does it mean? (cont.) • A left brain (successive processor) prefers to learn in a step-by-step sequential format, beginning with details leading to a conceptual understanding of a skill. • A right brain (simultaneous processor) prefers to learn beginning with the general concept and then going on to specifics.
What does it mean? (cont.) • A middle brain person shares those of both left brain and right brain characteristics. • Middle brain often vacillate between the two hemispheres when making decisions.
Who Am I? • There are several ways to find out if your are left brain or right brain. • Several online test are available to test your preferences and the way you approach problem solving. • In HERE, Deb Holst’s Human Relations Class, is another location to obtain a brief understanding of what you are.
Left Brain, Here You Are! • Left brain individuals process information in a linear manner. • They take pieces to the puzzle, line them up, and arrange them in logical order. From this drawing their conclusion to the puzzle. • Left brain persons are list makers. They enjoy making a master schedule and doing daily planning.
Left Brain, Here You Are! • People of left brain are usually good spellers because spelling involves sequence. • Left brains also work in the linear and sequential processing of math and following directions. • They have no trouble processing symbols, memorizing vocabulary words and math formulas.
Left Brain Characteristics • Rational • Respond to verbal instructions • Controlled, systematic experiments • Problem solves logically and sequentially looking at the parts of things • Makes objective judgments • Looks at differences • Is planned and structured • Prefers established, certain information.
Left Brain Characteristics • Analytic reader • Primary reliance on language in thinking and remembering • Prefers talking and writing • Prefers multiple choice test • Controls feelings • Prefers hierarchical authority structures • Talks, and talks, and talks • Sees cause and effect • Draws on previously accumulated, organized information.
Right Brain, Here You Are! • While left brain people think in logical order, right brain process from a whole to a part, holistically. • Right brain have difficulty in following a lecture unless they are given the big picture first. • It is important for a right brained person to read a chapter prior to lecture to better understand what is being discussed.
Right Brain, Here You Are! • The approach of a right brained person is random. • Because of the random nature of a right brain, they should make list and schedules to help them stay on track. • Right brain people are color sensitive. Try using colors to establish sequences.
Right Brain, Here You Are! • Right brain people are concrete. • They want to see, feel, or touch the real object. • Right brain individuals may have trouble learning to read using phonics. • They prefer to see words in context and to see how formulas work. • Create opportunities for hands on activities to use your right brain.
Right Brain, Here You Are! • When processing being a right brain, they use intuition. • They may know the right answer to a problem, but are not sure how they got it. • On a quiz, they have a gut feeling as to which answers are correct, and they are usually right. • The right side of the brain pays attention to coherence and meaning, tells you if it “feels” right.
Right Brain, Here You Are! • Right brained people may know what they mean but often have trouble finding the right words. • Right brain individuals need to back up everything visually. • When giving directions, they use their hands and give names of places along the way verses hard north, south, east, west.
Right Brain Characteristics • Intuitive • Responds to demonstrated instructions • Open-ended, random experiments • Problem solves with hunches, looking for patterns • Makes subjective judgments • Looks at similarities • Is fluid and spontaneous • Prefers elusive, uncertain information
Bibliography • “Right Brain/Left Brain, Learning Styles” www.mathpower.com/brain • “Left vs. Right. Which Side Are You On?” www.mtsu.edu • “Left Brain/Right Brain” http://content.scholastic.com • Human Relations 1010 Nancy Conrad and Jackie