14 Dec Characteristics of Right Brained Learners
Characteristics of Right Brained Learners
As all parents will agree that taking care of their child is one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world but at the same time, it is not a walk in the park. There are many aspects that we must understand about our kids and work together to give them a great life full of kindness, love and satisfaction. In this blog, we will specifically discuss children with a strong right brain function, their characteristics and how to train right brain learners with useful right brain learning techniques.
Simply put, our brain is divided into two parts i.e left side and right side. Each of us excel at different arenas in life, some of us are more creative and others more academic. This depends on which side of our brain is stronger and has an impact on our decision making, critical thinking and behavioural skills. Children with a strong left brain function typically perform better academically at school. They can easily structure, plan and work on projects with concentration. On the other hand, right brain learner are more creatively gifted, spontaneous, emotionally smart and work well on intuition. A right brain child’s learning processes are also different. Right brain learners need to form connections, patterns and logic to understand the information before they can memorise it. A right brain dominant child has good memory for whole concepts but might struggle with breaking them down into points unless they can visualise it. This may take right brain learners longer to absorb information at school. Right brain child’s education and learning techniques are slightly different, but if parents detect the right brain child’s characteristics early on and deploy useful learning techniques, then they can train their child’s brain well!
Let us look at some learning techniques useful for parents and teachers of right brain learners:
1. Visual Training:
Right-brained learners work well with visuals that help them connect the dots in their mind. So, a good way to boost memorisation and learning is using Mind Maps to teach right-brained dominant children. Mind Maps help culminate information in a visual way and this encourages better learning. Visual and auditory cues, such as presentations, rhymes, colourful visualisations of the alphabet and numbers also work well with children that display right brain characteristics.
2. Look at the bigger picture:
Right-brained dominant children tend to be highly intuitive and that helps them organically make the right decisions. They work better when they can see the whole picture of a concept, spend time grasping and visualising it and then separate it into parts. Be patient, explain everything well through lists and visuals then let the child absorb a mental picture of the concept, whether it is ABC’s or numbers.
3. Use Hand Gestures
Actions do speak louder than words sometimes. Right brained learners respond well to hand gestures while learning because it helps them associate the gestures with the information. While learning the alphabet, numbers or rhymes- incorporate hand gestures whenever possible while educating right brain learners. Visuals, visuals, visuals!
4. Use of Posters on Walls
As we stress the importance of visuals as a part of right brain education, there is another technique that is very effective. Use chart paper to fill your walls with big colourful words everyday with columns of nouns, pronouns, vocabulary etc. You can do it with numbers too. Right brain learners respond well to picturisation and practical knowledge and doing this will really boost their vocabulary and knowledge in a matter of time.
5. Don’t Categorize
A lot of us like to be organised and categorise information so that our brain can process it easily. However, right brained learners do better when presented with whole information. This may sometimes lead to a lack of attention when they cannot see the whole picture or have trouble visualising it. A right brain dominant child needs alone time to process new information.
While teaching right-brained learners, it is also important to teach them how to put their insights in words. Educators and parents can encourage the following practises while dealing with children that exhibit right brain characteristics and help them become more whole-brained:
- As we mentioned before, mind maps and lists have been known to help children articulate their thoughts well and boost logical reasoning
- Go into details via flowcharts and verbalising facts. This helps in better organisation and analysing information
- Build a time management plan and encourage finishing tasks every single time. It is natural for right-brained learners to leave things unfinished, but as an educator and as parents, it is upto us to see that this does not become a habit.
Each child is unique so we must not expect them to respond to the same learning techniques as others, it is important for the parents to take time to understand the right brain characteristics and recognise what the child effectively responds to. Introducing whole-brain techniques slowly can be very effective during the budding years of right brain learners and can really shape the child’s mind in a way that helps them in the future. Right brain education might seem daunting at first but with proper information and help from specialists, it can be very helpful for both the parents and the child. With a few simple adjustments, we can accommodate right brain learners and help them grow into innovative and smart learners.