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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Growth Mindset Activity: Learning Style Quiz and Hemispheres of theBrain

Would you like to get to know your students on a deeper level and discover their learning styles all at once?  How about a way to teach your students their learning style strengths while teaching them realistic ways to practice with the opposite learning styles.  Then this post is for you!

Growth Mindset Activity: Learning Style Quiz and Hemispheres of theBrain

We've been using Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools by Mary Cay Ricci in our county.

One of my favorite activities I did in college was to learn if I was "right-brained" or "left-brained".  We've all heard the talk about how we are either one or the other. Turns out, most of the successful people in the world have more balance between the two hemispheres. So, I wanted to create an activity that would not only gauge students' learning style, but also give them strategies to create the balance that successful people have. 

First, we took a learning and personality style quiz. This consists of series of paired statements from which students had to choose the statement that sounded more like them. For example, 

Left-Brain/Right-Brain Learning Style Quiz

As the students answered the questions, they colored in the appropriate circle to indicate their answer choice. 

Chart for answering the left-brain/right-brain learning style quiz

After all questions were answered and circles were filled in, we discussed the patterns we saw. For example, were there more left or right circles filled in?  Were there equal amounts filled in on each side?  If there were more circles colored in on the left, that showed a tendency toward left-brain "logical" thinking and vice versa for the right side. If equal amounts were colored, that tends  to indicate a person that uses both left- and right-brained approaches, depending on the situation. In other words, this indicates a person that is willing to try things outside their comfort zone if the situation calls for it. 

We then talked about how to strengthen the side (hemisphere) on which there were fewer circles filled in. It basically boils down to trying activities outside your "comfort zone". Below are the examples we talked about for the students who were more "Left-Brained".  I have another list for strengthening the left hemisphere and one to help strengthen both equally. 

Ways to strengthen the two hemispheres/learning styles

If you'd like to pick up a copy of this packet, it includes:
~21 paired statements from which to choose.  The first statement of the set (labeled with A) indicates a tendency toward right-brain thinking.  The second statement of the set (labeled with B) indicate a tendency toward left-brain thinking.
~A "Brain Worksheet" for students to color in their answers to the paired statements
~Tips for strengthening the left and right hemispheres
~Tips for strengthening both hemispheres

Click here to pick up a copy.

We constantly refer to these lists and "stepping outside our comfort zone" when we encounter challenging situations so we can learn and grow. Do you do any activities to encourage students to think about how they learn?  I'd love to hear about them!


krystal reid said...

Thank you for posting this! I look forward to trying this this year! I'm very interested in the mindset of my students.

Heather said...

I'm so glad to be able to share. I hope it helps your students!

Kendra said...

Great activity! I love it!

Heather said...

Thank you! I hope it helps your students think about their learning style.

Unknown said...

I love this lesson, I am a school counselor and we do a month on careers and I start off with a personality quiz then the next used this. The kids loved it.

Heather said...

I'm so glad that counselors are able to use this. What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Commenting as a neuroscientist and educator: Fixed versus growth mindset are empirically supported distinctions. Left brain versus right brain thinking and learning styles are not. Perpetuation of these Neuro-myths undermines classroom practices touted as evidence-based.