“Obnoxiously” Moving Hands . . . Or Are They?

by Patrick on June 8, 2010

Illustration of PatrickIf you’ve got a kid that always tapping his pencil or can construct an Aztec temple out of Legos you’ve probably got a tactile learner.

They’re often the most frustrating type of learner, and schools often cater to them the least. The tactile kids often get the label of misbehaved. Their hands are always moving. They fidget with everything and anything from magnets to paper clips, to chopsticks and mashed potatoes.

It’s easy to respond to their gift with a, “Stop playing with it or its mine!” Or a “Drop it, or its mine!”

It’s sometimes harder to see below the surface to recognize the genius of their hands.

The builders of our world have extremely active minds, and often obnoxiously moving hands. Our right-brain learners  make sense of the world by doing and moving. They excel at building and love to knock things down. They wiggle in their chairs, and for some reason they’re often upside down.

Research papers, debates, and book reports that are written are often assignments given to them by teachers who are left-brain dominant.

Their style is not wrong. It’s just different.

We, as teachers and parents, must be advocates when we encounter kids who “see the forest, not the trees.”

These left-brain kids come with their share of challenges.

Does anyone out his or her have a left brain learner?

What things hold their attention?

What kind of things do they do that challenge you?

We’d love to hear from you because we’d love to offer some tips from left-brainers we’ve worked with.