Right Brain/Left Brain

The Right-and Left-Mode Overlay on the Four Quadrants

There are also differences in the way we use our brains in terms of how we approach and process new information. These differences can be taken into account when delivering instruction.
 
Because we value both left- and right-mode strategies as high levels of thinking, we add synthesis and analysis to all four 
quadrants. We begin and end with the right mode and double up on the left in the direct instruction part of the cycle.
 
The design begins with synthesis by engaging all learners in a personal experience that connects them to the learning conceptually. It ends with synthesis by empowering them with a requirement that they personally adapt the learning in the form of a product or a performance. 
 
The intervening steps alternate synthesis and analysis in all four quadrants using various strategies that may entail language as well as image, details along with the big ideas, abstractions as well as perceptions, doing as well as listening, structured practice and personal experimentation, and finally editing and refining preceding performance and product.
 
We use eight uncomplicated words to simplify the design process: Connect, Attend, Image, Inform, Practice, Extend, Refine, Perform.
 
Connect: Establish a relationship between your learners and the content, connecting it to their lives.
 
Attend: Have your students analyze what just happened sharing their perceptions and feelings.
 
Image: Have your students image the concept visually the way they see it before you explain the expert knowledge.
 
Inform: Explain the expert content they need to understand.
 
Practice: Learners practice the material as the experts see it, checking validity and moving to skill.
 
Extend: Students now have enough skill to extend the learning into their own use, not just for school’s sake, but for their own competence in the world. 
 
Refine: Students refine and evaluate their proposed extension of the learning.
 
Perform: Students display their understandings and skills, the learning’s relevance to them and how it fits into their world. They are now the center of the action.