Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More on the Right-brained Learner

Here are all of my notes from the workshop taught by Cindy Gaddis, author of the Apple Stars Blog, at our homeschooling conference last week (you can read my original reflection on the workshop here).  You can read her own outline of the workshop here.  I hope you find these notes helpful for the right-brained learner in your life:

  • School teaches in the left-brain fashion.
    • Right-brained learners are the most labelled (ADHD, dyslexia, etc.) in the school system because everything is modeled after left-brained learners.
  • Right-brained learners learn in a different order than left-brained learners.
    • Reading and math fluency come around age 10.
    • Writing fluency occurs around ages 11-13.
      • Right-brained learners can tell stories with pictures until then.
    • Right-brained learners learn well by copying.
  • Right-brained learners are process people, not product people.
    • They can always hire someone to finish their product if need be (presumably, as adults).
  • Right-brained learners are the directors and producers.
  • Right-brained learners write better on the computer than on paper.
  • It behooves the parent of a right-brained learner to stop worrying about what others think, particularly when it comes to the order in which right-brained learners learn.
    • We must give value to the process of right-brained learners.
  • Right-brained learners who are builders are typically the latest to read.
  • Right-brained learners tend to love all things Japanese -- art, electronics, cartoons, anime, toys, etc.
  • Right-brained learners are often times humanitarians.
  • Right-brained learners have better long-term memories than short-term memories.
    • They might not know math facts, but they know concepts.
  • Right-brained learners have a strong spatial ability.
    • They read music spatially, not by reading names of notes
    • It helps to find musicians for them to play with
    • Music theory will come around 11-13
  • Right-brained learners are highly sensitive.
  • Right-brained learners have skills we are not tapping.
  • Manipulatives for math are helpful.
  • When we question how our right-brained learner is doing something, we should first question ourselves.
How my right-brained learner
plays Jenga

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