Friday, October 30, 2009

Left Brain, Right Brain

Left brain = analytic/logical thinking = sequential processing

Generally, people with a left-brain dominance are sequential thinkers, analytics who like facts, details and logic. They tend to like their work areas neat and organised. They have perfect filing systems, always deal with one project at a time and are deadline-driven. Keeping lists of tasks to do is their favourite hobby, and if they complete something that=s not on their list, they are likely to add it just for the satisfaction of crossing it out. Analytics are the ones who know the price of eggs in the local dairy, hang up the toilet paper so that the straight part touches the wall, roll up the toothpaste tube and replace the cap. An analytic cook follows a recipe step by step, and if she runs out of an ingredient, she drives to the shops to replace it.

Right brain = holistic/global thinking = simultaneous processing

Right-brained people, in contrast, are holistic multi-processors. They aren=t interested in the nitty-gritty of issues. Instead, they need to know the overall picture, the reasons behind a project rather than its deadline. Piles of paper gather dust on their desks and office floor, yet they are able to find any document at a moment=s notice. Holistics tend to use their intuition or feelings rather than rationalise about a problem. A holistic cook never ever keeps a shopping list, doesn=t sticks to recipes and is happy to substitute milo for cocoa powder in her chocolate cake.

That=s why some people mistake right-brain dominance for creative genius which is actually a marvellous combination of our entire brain's processing.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Maths is Fun with Learning Styles

Maths is fun. If your child thinks it’s not, the education system’s at fault for not presenting maths in a way that’s palatable to the students.

Every child has their own unique Learning Style, in other words, every child learns in a different way:

  • some need to picture what they’re learning in their minds,
  • some need to touch learning tools and aids, trace the answers with their fingers or simply write the answers down a few times,
  • some need to hear the lesson explained,
  • some need to work it out for themselves.

All in all, there are 49 Learning Style Elements that affect your child’s ability to concentrate on their school work. Please have a look at the LSA Pyramid to see what they are.

If your child is kinesthetic-external, for example, take them for a walk and:

  • count your steps,
  • skip-count the cars that pass you,
  • identify the numbers on the houses as you walk,
  • add the registration numbers of the parked cars,
  • stop to buy a healthy snack and ask your child to count the money, work out the change, etc.

A tactile child will enjoy making and using learning tools such as flip-charts, electro-boards, models and wrap-arounds.

Do you know whether your child will enjoy playing a maths-based board game or baking a cake? Find out here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Learning Styles and 3D Animation Movies

Next time you see a movie or read a novel, try to guess what learning style elements the main characters exhibit. Of course, it’s impossible to know for sure unless the characters answer the LSA questionnaire (even experts get it wrong without the tool), but it’s great fun guessing!

Here is a Learning Style Analysis of the main characters in the latest 3d animation family movie called “Up”.

(Plot summary, compliments of

A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a Lost Land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, whose trying to get an assisting the elderly badge. Together, they embark in an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin.)

Ellie’s Learning Style Elements:

  • Auditory (talking)
  • Kinesthetic (external)
  • Kinesthetic (internal)
  • Visual (external)
  • Visual (internal)
  • Tactile

Carl’s Learning Style Elements:

  • High Perseverence
  • Fluctuating Responsibility
  • Non-conforming

Russell’s Learning Style Elements:

  • Auditory (talking)
  • High Responsibility
  • Group-oriented

Evil Villain’s Learning Style Elements:

  • Works alone (don’t they all?)
  • Externally Motivated

For more Learning Style Elements, please see the LSA Pyramid.

To check your child’s or your own unique learning preferences, click here.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Are you a Shopaholic?

Did you know that your Working Style reveals far more about you than simply whether you prefer your office quiet or your brainstorming meetings late in the afternoon?

Your Working Style Analysis (WSA) results can tell an expert:

· What kind of cook you are

· How safe your driving style is

· … And yes, whether you’re a shopaholic!

Although the report will not actually say any of those things, you can deduce them based on the WSA pyramid elements such as:

  • your thinking style
  • your information processing technique
  • how visual you are
  • your responsibility gradation
  • and many others.

Buy your own WSA assessment today and see whether you knew yourself as well as you always imagined.

Monday, October 05, 2009



I’m sure you’ve all heard the WHY question. It’s Sunday night, the kids want to watch a movie or play another round on the X-box, when….

“Have you done your homework yet?”

“But Mum…”

“You know the rules. Homework before play.”

“Stupid rules. What do we need homework for, anyway?”

Children, particularly those whose Learning Style is holistic, need to know WHY they have to do homework: after all, what’s the benefit of doing something at home that you’ve just done in class? The trouble is, sometimes we, as parents, find ourselves asking the very same question, as we leap to help with spelling here and a science project there, not really knowing how to help (tip: to find out how you can help your child, discover his or her learning preferences).

So, why do we have homework?

· Homework is important to reinforce skills that have been taught at school.

· It also gives teachers a chance to monitor students’ progress.

· If children are positive about homework, it can be a great way to learn how to work independently.

Are you wondering what the next step is? Have a look here to find out.