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Smart Moves: A Book in Review (Part Three) by Carolyn Wilhelm of The Wise Owl Factory


Smart Moves: A Book Review Part Three

Did you know Einstein was left handed? This fact is shared in chapter 13, along with the information that forcing right handedness can lead to stuttering. I remember more people stuttering when I was growing up than I see now, and I'm thinking they used to force right handedness so much more. The author explains dominance profiles -- about being right or left brained, right or left hearing dominant, right or left eye dominant and provides examples of how it affects a person.  She was right on the button for me! Scary! However, this is so important for us to know about ourselves and our students.

Heather Goodmanson is a third grade teacher in Hawaii. She had her students figure out their own dominance profiles.  The students organized themselves according to their easiest sensory access such as right eat dominants on the left side of the room. This helped all the learners in the class. They also did Brain Gym exercises five minutes a day. The class had their highest academic scores that year. The author says this was simple, but why aren't more schools using these ideas? Of course, this would work at home, also. Some children pay better attention not looking at the teacher, but by tilting their dominate eat in that direction. Although I did use Brain Gym with a fourth grade class, I'm sure sitting by dominance profiles would have had a great benefit.  I have never heard of these ideas before reading Smart MovesWant to pin for later?  Or continue reading at this link.

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