Some kids are right-brain dominant. They’re creative. They think out of the box. They dance and do art. They usually don’t like math. Other kids are left-brain dominant. They take things apart to figure out how they work. They like order. They think about things and ask lots of questions. Math is often their favorite subject.Nothing wrong with this, except that school is generally a left-brain dominant institution, especially as kids progress on to high school and then college. Although we’re getting better at teaching to individual differences in grade school, left-brain teaching remains the norm in high school.
There are specific activities that may stimulate the right or left brain. 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.
And teachers report more and more right-brain dominant kids in their classrooms. So how will these kids succeed in high school and college? And what if they want to go on to medical school, law school, maybe become engineers? How can we help them?Learning to use the whole brain solves the problem. Learning how to diminish right-brain or left-brain dominance so they’re using both sides equally. So what does this mean? And how do you do it?
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You are not dead until your brain is dead. Your brain needs two things to survive: fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of oxygen and glucose. Glucose comes from the food you eat, and oxygen comes from the air you breathe. The normal inspiration/expiration ratio should be exhalation twice as long as inhalation. That is to say – breathe out twice as long as you breathe in.
Now the action part. How do you get this neuronal pattern? How do you get these synapses across the corpus callosum? It’s really quite simple. Every time you cross your body’s midline, you make neuronal patterns between the right and left side. Right-brain dominant kids are now able to use more of their left brain. And left-brain dominant kids able to use more of their right brain. Just get them moving. Walking while swinging their arms. Skipping. Playing ball. Dancing. Running. Since moving is key, perhaps we’re seeing more right-brain dominant kids because kids are less active.
Get kids doing Brain Gym’s cross crawl. It’s like marching in place. You can do it sitting or standing. Raise your right leg and touch your knee with your left elbow. Now left leg up and touch with right elbow. How many variations on this can you and your kids invent. Be sure to use music. Makes it more fun. How slowly can you do it? Slowly gives you more brain integration and better balance.
There are lot of difference between right brain and left brain. The right brained generally has specific characteristics such as:
Concentrates more on images and visual
Act according to intuition
Use mind camera to remember things or write down things
Checks the whole image and then turn to details
Lack of organization
Randomly makes plans
Difficulty in finding spelling or collecting word
Like more to touch and feel
Never follows instruction before handling any equipment
Express with hand gestures
Very creative brain
Roger W. Sperry, an American psycho biologist, discovered and developed the concept of two brains – left brain and right brain theory. He successfully explained and proved people functioning of brain. It was found out that human brain has two different ways of thinking because of two unlike brain. The right side of the brain concentrates more on visual and images while, the left side of the brain deals with the verbal power. In more simple words, people thinking from left side of the bran are more logistical, objective, and methodical. While, the right brained people are more creative, subjective, and thoughtful.