For this lesson, get students involved by having them figure out which hemisphere of the brain is their dominant side. Explain to students that while their two hemispheres are connected and are sharing information through the corpus callosum, they have one hemisphere that influences how they learn. Start by passing out a quiz. While some websites offer online versions, you can make your own. The ROTC chapter on the left brain and right brain provide some suggestions. A quick questionnaire might look like this:
1. What kind of music do you prefer?
a. Classical music
b. Popular music
2. What is more important to you?
a. Being on time
b. Having a good time
3. How to you figure things out?
a. Careful planning
b. Visualize the outcome
4. When making a decision or choice, what do you go with?
a. Consider alternatives
b. Go with the first idea
5. What do you prefer being?
6. What activities would you most like to do?
a. Monopoly, scrabble or chess
b. Athletics, art or music
Point out to students that if they answered mainly “a," then they are left brained, and would benefit from visual learning; if they answered mainly “b," then they are right brained, and would benefit from verbal learning. Encourage students to integrate their learning style (verbal or visual) into how they study.