In the animal kingdom 50% of the animals are “right paw dominant” and 50% are “left paw dominant.” This has been observed when animals press a lever to get more food or water. Human beings are 50% right brain dominant and 50% left brain dominant, regardless of hand dominance.
As we know, the majority of school curriculum and teaching methods are taught in a left brain manner. This is particularly true of math curriculum. Left brain dominant children learn their math facts easily by repeating them orally, practicing them in timed tests, and working with flash cards. This is the sequential way that works for the left brain learner. The right brain dominant child, however, likes and often requires a different approach both to memorizing facts and performing calculation procedures.
Let’s look at a model of the brain with its specialization of hemispheres:
LEFT BRAIN - AUDITORY
Black & white
RIGHT BRAIN - VISUAL