There are specific strategies we can employ when we teach that will help create a rich and supportive environment for the right-brained learners in our classrooms. The strategies are not difficult to execute but for the children who benefit from them, they can be game changers.
Right-brained children learn differently from left-brained children. The more we understand how right-brained children learn, the easier it will be to create lessons that reach both left-and right-brained learners. This blog post will provide tips for creating a right-brained lesson and will give you an example of left-brained content made right-brained friendly. The lesson is free to download and use!
In my classroom, as in every classroom everywhere, time was at a premium. There just wasn’t enough time to adequately reach every learner under my care using separate lesson plans that targeted their learning needs. Also, in my room were an unusually large number of special needs kids who were being mainstreamed. I decided to conquer what seemed to be an impossible challenge by carving out 30 minutes every morning for teaching phonics: the one skill that presents the biggest roadblock for children learning to read, thus the best use of my time! What is Phonics? Exactly Where Reading Struggles Begin! So many children struggle with phonics: knowledge of the structure of language and how to represent the sounds (phonemes) in words with letters (graphemes). Finding...
But I found as an adult that math is cool once I began to include right-brained elements to help myself learn! It is rich, it can be understood through images and stories, and children who are visual, right-brained CAN learn math easily if it is designed in a way that makes sense to their brains.
This experience with the SnapWords® card is a complete teaching experience with a visual that requires no memorization, a body motion that reflects the word, and then a sentence that draws attention to the meaning of the word.