Arts Education and the Brain

Stem vs Steam – Brain

In today’s society, it is all too typical to hear someone claim that they are left-brained or right-brained to the point of exclusivity. Persons who say they are excellent at reading but poor in math or vice-versa often fail to understand that either half of the brain does not go unused in the span of a day simply because of a preconceived notion of the strength of either side.

A Day In The Life Of Brain

From the moment you wake up, you start using both sides of the brain in tandem. You use the left to speak, the right to recognize images and faces, the left to use logic, the right to listen to music. And a recent study suggests whole brain decision making leads to more effective outcomes. Both sides of the brain, rather than one or the other, will determine personality traits, while the center of the brain (often forgotten in the discussion) realizes when you have made errors and how to correct them.

Famous Dual-Brainers

-Apple CEO Steve Jobs: imaginative and visionary
-Yahoo! founder Marissa Mayer: connects ideas in systematic fashion
-Physicist Albert Einstein: imagines and communicates complex concepts
-Samsung head of design Dong-Hoon Chang: innovative as well as forward-thinking

Brains As Instructors

Whenever it is necessary to communicate a concept, right-brain methods use demonstrations, visual imagery, and open-ended questions for contemplation. By comparison, left-brain methods involve speaking and writing, as well as using multiple-choice tests to challenge the decision-making process.

Corwin From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts
Book (Corwin)
  • Details of brain research connecting STEM and the arts
  • Teacher-tested techniques for fitting the arts into STEM classrooms
  • Sample lesson plans across K-12
  • A worksheet template for designing your own arts-integrated STEM lessons
  • Tips for managing time and collaborating
You might also like
Music Education and the Brain
Music Education and the Brain
Mind, Education, and the Brain
Mind, Education, and the Brain
Corwin How the ELL Brain Learns
Book (Corwin)
  • A self-assessment pretest for gauging your understanding of how the brain learns languages
  • Ready-to-use brain-compatible strategies for teaching English learners across the curriculum
  • An entire chapter about how to detect English language learning problems, with sections on the social,
  • Title - How the ELL Brain Learns
  • Authored - David A. Sousa
Corwin Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3
Book (Corwin)
  • Developmentally appropriate, brain-friendly strategies for building phonemic awareness, phonics,
  • Instructional applications for games, music, and play
  • Interventions for children with early reading difficultiesBuilding the Reading Brain, PreK-3 sheds
  • Title - Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3
  • Editor - Pamela Nevills
Master The Art of Genius: Your Practical Guide To Unleashing The Genius Within You & Unlocks the Secrets to Increasing Your Brain Power, Speed Reading, ... Smart Thinking, Emotional Intelligence)
eBooks ()
Corwin Mindful Leadership: A Brain-Based Framework
Book (Corwin)
  • Support the mind-body connection
  • Promote social relationships
  • Harness the power of emotion
  • Expedite the construction of knowledge
  • Build a culture of reflection


What is human diversity in education?

The biological, psychological, social, and cultural differences among people that affect the way their needs are expressed.

Related Posts