Brain Dominance Learning


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Brain Dominance Learning

  1. 1. BRAINDOMINANCELEARNING Multiple Intelligences & Tutoring Creatively Peer Tutor Training Developed by Natasha Ford & Catherine Siew Student Academic Resource Center, University of Central Florida Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services
  2. 2. The Brain and DominantLearning Research indicates:  the left side of the brain is the seat of language and processes in a logical and sequential order.  the right side is more visual and processes intuitively, holistically, and randomly. Most people seem to have one dominant side. Image Our dominance is a Source preference, not an
  3. 3. Stress + Learning When learning is  How this Affects new, difficult, or stressful Tutoring: we tend to PREFER to  Make strides to keep learn in a certain way. stress levels down When not stressed: during tutoring  The brain uses the sessions hippocampus which is  Understand your important for long-term audience or students’ memory unique stressors When stressed:  Be open and  The brain works harder and welcoming uses a complex approach  Allow a safe space for that uses a different memory system mistakes & experiments  Keep it at a peer level
  4. 4. Brain Dominance: Left Brain Dominant Left Brain  Tutoring Implications: Learning Favors:  Clarity in vocabulary  Language  Step-by-step problem  Logic solving  Determine logical response  Critical thinking by not giving the answer  Numbers  Do example problems as  Reasoning well as provide general  Absolutes: Facts & equations Truth  Understanding the “why” behind it is important  Show how to arrive at a solution
  5. 5. Brain Dominance: Right Brain Dominant Right Brain  Tutoring Implications: Learning Favors:  Familiarity/Relational  Facial communication  Body language  Expressed emotions  Professionalism  Reading emotions  Visuals/Organization  Color  Drawings/Diagrams  Images  Creativity  Mnemonics  Reading between the lines
  6. 6. Think-Pair-Share Discussion Learning is strengthened when we incorporate diverse learning strategies into our tutoring practice – especially from our less-dominant hemisphere Challenge! Discuss Brain Dominant Learning with a Partner:  What fascinated you about what you just learned?  How have you been applying modifications for various types of learners in your tutoring to date ?  How will you alter your practice to incorporate brain dominance theory?
  7. 7. Are You a Righty or a Lefty? Complete the Brain Dominance Self-Test. Partner with an opposite brain dominant learner to complete the activity on the following slide.
  8. 8. Video Session Evaluations Watch one to two of the YouTube videos linked on the following slide As you watch…  look for varied learning styles used in these sessions  Complete the SARC Peer Tutor Observation form thinking about all components of tutoring.  Focus on any modified techniques for various styles of learning that you see or don’t see in the video.  Highlight what is done well?
  9. 9. There are MANY LearningStyles Left and Right Brain Dominance are just a few…  Multiple Intelligences  Information Processing  Learning Styles (auditory, visual, etc.)  And then some Example: Some people go with gut feelings on tests. Others write out all the steps in order to get to the right answer, paying attention to notation or punctuation. How do we explain this?
  10. 10. Logical vs. Intuitive Processing Processes information  Use intuition in a  Get right answer to linear, sequential, logic math problem, but not al manner sure how you arrived at Uses information piece answer by piece to solve  Start with answer and problem work backwards When reading/listening  Decisions based on look for pieces to draw feelings logical conclusions Decisions based on logical proof
  11. 11. Resources for Further Study Brain Dominance  Hemispheric Dominance  What is your Brain Dominance? Learning Styles  SARC Prezi on Learning Styles  Right or Left Brain? Multiple Intelligences  PBS’ Overview on MI