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ERIC Number: ED258181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 28
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Using Both Sides of the Brain in Teaching.
Coble, Joyce
Through the years teachers have developed a systematic approach to teaching logic, order, and structure. This approach has put to use the capabilities of only the left side of the brain, neglecting the right-brain activities of visual literacy and visual clustering. To help students organize information efficiently, teachers should provide activities, such as clustering, that allow their students to use both sides of their brain. To teach how to cluster information, a teacher should draw a circle in the center of the chalkboard, and then print, in capital letters, the main idea of a book or short story the students are currently reading in the circle, with the other ideas that relate to the main idea on lines branching out from the circle. The advantages of using the circle and lines are that (1) the key concept is more clearly defined, (2) more important ideas will be close to the center, (3) the connection between the key concept and related ideas will be clearer, (4) this structure allows for adding new information easily, and (5) review and recall should be more effective and rapid. Therefore, by using clustering, the student can process information through both the analytic left side of the brain and the creative right side of the brain. The result is that the student has a greater likelihood of recalling the information. (EL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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