09 June, 2009

More on left and right brainedness in teachers

I went hunting and found a better set of descriptions of left and right brainedness here. It makes sense that there are right-brained teachers and left-brained teachers. We all know that maths teachers and art teachers are in completely different ball parks most of the time, don't we? Maths and music go together sometimes though, did you know? In me they do. At my high school the head of the maths department was also a gifted musician. Anyway, see if these descriptions work better for you:
The Left-Brain Teacher Teachers with left-brain strengths generally prefer to teach using lecture and discussion. To incorporate sequence, they put outlines on the board or overhead, and they like to adhere to prepared time schedules. They give problems to the students to solve independently. Teachers with left-brain preferences assign more research and writing than their right-brain peers. A reasonably quiet, structured classroom is preferred. The classroom tends to be clean, with items in their place
The Right-Brain Teacher Teachers with right-brain strengths generally prefer to use hands-on activities over a lecture format. In concert with the right-brain preference of seeing the whole picture, these teachers incorporate more art, manipulatives, visuals, and music into their lessons. They tend to embrace Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences. They like to assign more group projects and activities, and prefer a busy, active, noisy classroom environment. The classroom of a strong right-brain teacher will typically have materials and books scattered all over.


Hippomanic Jen said...

This does actually make sense.

Lori said...

I'm right-brain learner and the description of the Right-brain teacher is a good snap shot of my classroom! Thanks for posting!