If you've been coming here a while, you probably know what a proponent of WHOLE-BRAIN LEARNING I am! I love it, my kiddos love it, and I hope you will love it too!
Have you ever heard "If you are good at Math, you are 'left-brained', and if you are good at Creative Writing and Art, you are 'right-brained' "? Nobody is "just" right-brained or "just" left-brained. However, most people do have a dominant side.
But there's another "however"...
However, learning to read and write, doing math, creating art...really, doing anything well...requires using BOTH sides of the brain! To problem solve and to think clearly requires using BOTH sides of the brain!
Researchers have recently discovered that whole brain learning [or brain based learning] is an excellent strategy, that is both efficient and effective for our kiddos to learn *anything* easily without struggling!
So, you are probably wondering how this works. Right? Think about your body...and straight down the middle of your body is the "mid-line". Every time you move across that mid-line you are improving thinking...problem solving...learning. So when you move your right arm over the mid-line to your left side...you are using whole brain learning. When you move your left arm over the mid-line to the right side...you are using brain-based learning! Easy, right?
Give yourself a a big hug!
Cross your legs and do "scissors" when you are jumping or doing jumping jacks.
Do the "hula", moving your arms across the mid-line to the other side.
Tell your kiddos that there is ONE AND ONLY ONE RULE: They must move their right hand across the mid-line to the left side, or vice versa. Then let them get creative in coming up with ways to do that.
Moving is not the only way to use whole-brain learning. I'm going to share some posts on more Brain-Based Learning! I'll share 10 effective strategies for whole-brain learning, some "brain breaks", and many ideas to use in your classroom...which will hopefully become a "brain-based learning classroom".
Now, let me introduce my new little character, Brainy! You will see him on my blog in the coming days. So be sure to check back for that!
When you see what brain-based learning is all about, you will probably think "this is a no-brainer" too!
*Disclaimer* I am in no way claiming to be an expert on this subject. This is merely my thoughts and opinions on the subject from what I have read about brain-based learning and my experience with brain-based learning in my classroom...nothing else.