Brain dominance – let`s take a peek…
After mentioning the brain dominance yesterday, I think today is a nice time to talk about that. I used to present workshops on brain dominance to moms and teachers and loved presenting them. The brain dominance issue was particularly interesting to me when they brought out the Curriculum 2001 in the late `90`s. One of the workshops I used to train the teachers on was what they called “New Maths”, the concept being basically that the children “played” maths and came to their own conclusions with a little guidance. Being extremely right-brain dominant I grasped the concept immediately but picked up the confusion as to how to implement this concept from the teachers. They were VERY stressed about the whole change in the way they had to teach. Very understandably too, as MOST teachers are left-brain dominant given the skills necessary for traditional teaching and given the way they were trained. Very unfair on them in my opinion. To have made it work I think they should have begun by recruiting new teachers, with different criteria (with better salary promises!) and teaching them from the word go in the new ways. Then they could have used these teachers and implemented the new curriculum. Perhaps even tested the kids allowing them to learn with either the older way (left-brain dominant way) or with the newly trained teachers in a right-brain dominant fashion. In this way each child would be learning in the way best suited to them. Anyhow, this is just a personal opinion and I have no way of knowing whether it would have worked or not. Hindsight is a wonderful thing that always comes too late.
Up until now the tendency has been to try and get children as “whole-brained” or as “holistic thinking” as possible. Sounds great. Even I bought it, as having children functioning equally well in all four quadrants of the brain means they can do almost anything. I identified the left-brain skills that I lacked and worked very hard on them. When I thought I was “integrated” I got myself properly tested and lo and behold came out extremely right-brain dominant – still – despite all my efforts. What a disappointment! I did learn some valuable new skills, though, like keeping a diary to help me to develop a time concept. This was so I could know which days kids had to go to school and when it was weekend or holidays. (More of this in my book one day). HOWEVER, and this is my blog so I get to voice my personal opinion, after a conversation with someone I love dearly who is a registered Psychometrist, I know that there is perhaps a better way of doing things. This is achieved by putting four (or more) people with different brain dominance`s in A TEAM! There are four brain quadrants, two right and two left and each has a different set of skills. So, instead of having one person who is integrated and can function equally (perhaps poorly, though) in all four quadrants, take four that are BRILLIANT, each in a different quadrant and put them together in a team. The trick then is to get them to work together and understand each other, and left- and right-brain dominant people do not communicate in the same way. Even the language they use and the way they explain things is totally different.
Everybody has a brain-, eye-, hand- and foot dominance, but we don`t tell children to learn to write equally well with both hands. We all know that it is damaging. Anyhow another word for ambidextrous is “confused”. Children are not deemed school ready until they have sorted out their dominance issues before they learn to write. So why do they not view the brain in the same way?
Now, as brain dominance affects personality, problem solving abilities, preferences, behaviour and thought processes, it is something that will take a while to put together and far too much to include in this blog. So, if you will bear with me, I will jump in and put it together for you now for tomorrow`s blog. It would make this blog too long anyway and I know most of you do not have too much time on your hands to read blogs as long as books.
Don`t worry! I have a way of taking potentially intricate subjects and explaining them very simply. I will attempt to give you some amazing insight into yourself and nearest and dearest. Until tomorrow, then!