Two Types of Kids

By Posted in - Advocating for students & Blog & Executive Function & Reform and Re-imagining of Education on January 27th, 2014 2 Comments
  1. Detail oriented and structured. Linear, sequential, step by step, left brained, focused, organized, good listeners, strong students, on top of things, responsible, concrete, practical, regulated, likes rules, facts, safe, on time, follows directions, knows the right answer, good with systems, uses planners, puts things back, good with folders and binders, turns in homework, studies.
  2. Not good with details. Global, big picture, holistic thinkers. Right brained, random, distracted, disorganized, abstract, creative, daydreamy, emotional, intuitive, sensitive, artistic, questions rules, struggles with structure, not good with deadlines, vivid imagination, visual, risk takers, good with figurative language and metaphor, free, idea people, forgets homework, colors outside the lines, can’t fit inside the box.

Of course these are generalizations exemplifying the extremes. Of course there is a lot of grey area and overlapping. Of course we all use both sides of our brains.

There are kids on both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between. Neither is better or worse, just different.

But there is immense value in understanding that the vast majority of struggling students fit into category 2, and that there is a legitimate difference in how these students think, precess and learn. The strengths, talents and gifts of these students often go unnoticed and neglected, their strengths are difficult to “grade”. And it’s unfortunate because they are often deeply misunderstood, shamed and judged as lazy or uncaring. Sadly, our educational system is geared towards left brained learners, who tend to be perceived as “successful” while right brained learners can often appear “unsuccessful”.

We need to take tremendous care in how we work with all learners so they can all shine bright. The time is now.

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  • VAWank - Reply

    January 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Kids with LD’s (even left brainers) sometimes need to use right brain strategies learn things. Dianne Craft has a wonderful right brain program on her sight. http://www.diannecraft.org/

  • Allie Singer - Reply

    February 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Seth,
    Read all your blogs. GREAT!!!
    Understand my son that much better.
    See that I was approaching his educational needs “wrong” since he’s been about, oh say 5!!!! LOL
    I applaud you in your commitment to your vision of making a difference in the lives of kids, families and ultimately society.
    I see you doing great things and continuing to do great things.
    I envision all your dreams coming true for you.
    My life has been enriched having crossed paths with you.
    Be Well and Be Prosperous!
    A Hui Hou, Allie

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