I have good news and bad news. Let’s do bad news first to get it over with. School favors the left brain kids. The skills you need to do well at school are in the left side of the brain. Listening, organizing, memorizing, writing. The good news is us right brain thinkers have a left side too.
Now that you’ve read in depth about what each side of the brain does well and taken the quiz to figure out which side of the brain is driving your child, let me give you a reference guide to help you keep their strengths in mind in your daily lives.
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.
It’s conference time at many of our schools and I want to encourage you to think of them in a new way, especially if you have a visual learner or child with ADD or ADHD. Some teachers adapt their methods for nontraditional learners, but not all can or do. Conference time can be a great time to work together to find ways for your child to thrive.
“I’m not smart. I’m not like the other kids. How come I don’t get good grades like they do? …I’m just not smart like they are.” If you have a visual learner, chances are you have heard a version of this once or twice when your child gets home from school. It’s heartbreaking.
Going back to school can be the source of nervousness and anxiety for both you and your visual learner. I have great news! By using these three simple steps, you can ease the tension and help yourselves feel more comfortable with the new situation and in control of your child’s education.