The Right Brain
* Sees, thinks and processes information in whole, concrete images, therefore, it does not use a step-by-step method to reach a conclusion.
* Has difficulty understanding the parts of whole images without the whole object present. For example if a teacher is using an orange cut up into pieces to demonstrate fractions there should also be a whole orange in view of the student to keep the “whole” picture in their minds.
* Has difficulty thinking in sequences and has to be trained in sequencing skills, using concrete materials and visual aids. Examples of aids are: blocks with letters or numbers, flashcards, multiplication tables, coins for understanding money, clock faces with removable numbers, etc.
* The right brain is reality-based because it thinks in whole, concrete images; that is, it thinks in whole pictures and does not think in the abstract or parts. Therefore, it cannot work easily with abstract symbols like words and numbers.
* Thinks multi-dimensionally, or comprehending a subject on many different analytical levels. Therefore a right-brained person will not fully understand a concept until all aspects of the subject are put together to form the whole image or conclusion.
* Has difficulty focusing on and organizing a large body of information such as a school project with written material, drawings, photos, references, etc. This is because a right-brained person is always using a multi-dimensional thinking process and can get confused where to start on a project and how to put it together in a logical, step-by-step format.
* Thinks emotionally, intuitively, creatively, globally and analytically
* May have difficulty with the verbal or language arts skills of hand printing, phonics, spelling, reading, writing sentences and paragraphs
* May also have difficulty understanding and working with mathematical concepts of time, measurements, size and weights, money, fractions, number facts, word problems, algebra and geometry
* May not be able to follow oral and written instructions without a visual demonstration. Needs all three senses involved: listening, seeing and touching.
* Reacts best to visual images, oral discussions and handling objects
* May excel in music, art, drawing, athletics and coordinated physical movement.
* May be naturally mechanically-minded always taking things apart, repairing or improving them without instruction or even coming up with new inventions.
* Remembers faces, places and events very well but not the names.
* May have a photographic memory for images, reading selections, oral discussions, places visited and musical works.
The Left Brain
* Thinks in abstract letters, numbers, written words and formulas
* Excels in mathematics, reading, spelling, writing, sequencing and the use of verbal and written language
* Is strongly verbal and reacts best to verbal input
* Responds well to phonics when learning to spell and read
* Handles sequencing of numbers, letters, words, sentences and ideas easily
* Does not need to visualize in whole, concrete images to understand ideas, both concrete and abstract
* Sees the parts within the whole first, then arrives at the whole concept of a given idea.
And how about you? Which part of the brain do you think you use the most?