Thinking with Your Left Brain
There has been much written about the hemispheres of our brain and the way they define our thinking style. Our left brain is the computer, calculator, calendar and clock part of us. While we use both sides of our brains for almost every task we do, each side of our brain has its area of specialty, which in turn influences the way we think. For children, brain dominance has a profound impact on school success. Understanding your child’s thinking style can help you be sure they are receiving the kind of instruction they need.
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Left-brain dominance, also known as being auditory-sequential, tends to create linear thinkers that approach the world in a “one right answer” kind of way. Children that are auditory-sequential thinkers tend to be successful at school, because their thinking style aligns with traditional teaching methods.
These students are logical, think in a progression of steps and learn best through drill and repetition. They tend to be more organized, manage time well and are comfortable with multiple-choice, true false kinds of tests.
Left brain thinkers…
- Think primarily in words
- Have auditory strengths
- Relate well to time
- Are step-by-step learners
- Progress sequentially from easy to difficult material
- Attend well to details
- Follow oral directions well
- Do well at arithmetic
- Learn phonics easily
- Can sound out spelling words
- Are well organized
- Can show steps of work easily
- Have good short-term memory
- May need some repetition to reinforce learning
- Learn well from instruction
- Learn in spite of emotional reactions
- Are comfortable with one right answer
- Usually maintain high grades
- Better at algebra and chemistry
- Master other languages in a classroom setting
- Are academically talented
Left brain thinkers absorb information best by hearing. Successful instruction should include opportunities to further develop their already strong language and auditory skills. While these students have many strengths that make them successful at school, they will benefit from activities that help them develop their right-brain, visual-spatial skills. Conceptual, holistic, multiple solutions thinking will help balance their “one right answer” tendencies and open them up creatively.
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For more information on how learning styles affect education outcomes and ways to help your child, check out my book, Being Visual.