Being a right brain thinker comes with a lot of ideas and mental “noise” that can prevent our kids from getting things done both at home and at school. We need to teach them to quiet their minds and keep things organized both internally and externally in order for them to complete those tasks and feel a sense of calm.
Right brain creative kids and adults are enormously valuable thinkers, with boundless gifts and abilities, but are highly misunderstood, undervalued and often made to feel like we are less than.To increase understanding on who we are as thinkers and students, I’m doing a 6-month series on what it means to be a right brain thinker.
The Lego Movie is an entertaining, highly creative commentary on the struggle between the Left and Right side of us – complete with an evil villain who wants order at any cost and a wild and crazy group of right brain creative types! As they struggle to coexist – they find out they’re Special when they work together and appreciate what each of them has to offer.
In a test heavy education system, more and more children are underachieving, feeling lost and misunderstood. Schools are focused on teaching left-brain auditory learners and our right-brain visual kids are not getting what they need to succeed. My book, Being Visual, helps parents better understand their visual tactile child and shares specifics strategies to increase their success in school.
It was third grade when I first heard my daughter described as “one of them”, one of those “creative types”. Being a creative type myself, I was confused by the sound of disdain in the teacher’s voice when describing her. I wondered, “What’s wrong with my daughter? What’s wrong with me? What’s wrong with us creative types?”
If you have a visual learner, when they’re at home you see this child who is bright, dynamic, exciting. When they get into the classroom and they start school, you might start to notice some areas where they’re struggling or there are some challenges. What can you do to help?