First of all, my apologies for my long absence. I've been working on a presentation called "The Motivation Myth" that I will be doing for a homeschool group on April 20. After reading about fifteen different books, I've put together a presentation that talks not only about Motivation, but also Mindset, Mentoring and Methodology. Sorry. I couldn't think of any other M to go with that other than Methodology. That section is about ways to inspire.
If that wasn't enough, I've been doing research about right-brain learning and how the brain works in general. I'm particularly interested in how right-brain learners have difficulty memorizing things. I'm trying to bridge the gap between what I know is required in a Classical education and that which right brain learners are capable of doing. They don't match up. So, I've been doing a tremendous amount of research on memorization. Not just regular memorization, but memorization to mastery. I'm especially keyed up about it since recent studies on the brain show how important memorization is for our kids. Books like The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, Brain Rules by John Medina and The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk all support how very important memory work is for everyone. And then other books like Right-Brained Child in a Left-Brain World, Upside-Down Brilliance, Teaching for Two Sides of the Mind and The Gift of Dyslexia say how hard it is for right-brained kids to remember things, especially words for which it is difficult to find a picture. So, for my right-brained kids at home, I'm trying to bridge that gap. I was a very strong right-brained learner in elementary school. School trained it out of me. I now test as a whole-brain learner, which means I don't have a side preference any more.
Do you have a struggling learner? One who has trouble with things like reading, memorizing, attention? Chances are they aren't struggling. They are just right-brained. I'll be writing a lot more about right-brained learning next week once my deadline is over for my next talk as well as the Jesuit method of memorization.