Contact Me

I would absolutely love to hear from any of you about any questions or concerns you may have. I’m here to listen and respond!

I also love to hear about the great stories our right-brained children provide. Please share!

You may contact me by e-mail at therightsideofnormal@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Warmly, Cindy

 

8 responses to “Contact Me

  1. Hi Cindy
    I hope this finds you well. I admire the work you are doing – it is a blessing to us all.
    I’m wondering if you’ve come across learners who struggle with following physical movements whilst the teacher is opposite, facing them?
    For example, if I’m being shown a simple dance routine or I’m in an aerobic exercise class I get very confused over direction, left/right/forward/backward. I’m often the laughing stock of the class as I’m the last to learn or I give up trying. The easiest way for me to learn is if the teacher is along side me or opposite me but has their back towards me – so that they are facing the same direction that I am. I hope this makes sense.
    Another example, if someone leans in for a kiss to my left cheek, I will go to their right, instead of their left so we end up bashing heads.

    Have you noticed this in right brain learners? Do you know if there is any further reading on this anywhere?
    I’d be grateful for any comments you have.
    Many thanks & kind regards
    Ria
    U.K.

    • Hey Ria!

      I’m glad my information has been helpful to you! About your difficulty, I’ve asked both left-brained and right-brained people, and both have said they can have difficulty with this. I’m left-brained, and I also can’t take physical instruction well from someone facing me. Sometimes I can translate the verbal words, left, back, etc., but usually I’m going to look to someone next to me. I also avoid such things.

      So, whether left- or right-brained, you are aware of a difficulty in a certain area. I would just describe it to people and say, “I just have a hard time taking instruction from someone facing me. I don’t translate that way well. I’m going to stand in the back so I can watch someone.” I think we all have something like this type of difference…whether directionally challenged, tone deaf, or can’t spell well…it’s just part of all the strengths and weaknesses that make us the individual that we are πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Cindy,

    I’ve been reading great things about you and your book! And I find myself wondering: how do I know if I need this info? I’m unschooling my two daughters (7 & 3). I love learning more about how to connect better with them, so I’m eager to know if either is right-brained and therefore whether this book would be useful for me.

    Thanks,
    Julie

    • I think my information is as much about deschooling as anything. If you have a right-brained learner, it’s imperative to question the typical schooling process because they learn so completely different. I gathered some of my “beginner/introduction” posts listed to the right. It begins with this one: http://www.therightsideofnormal.com/2012/09/27/am-i-right-brained-dominant/. Also, if you read around at this site, it should let you know if you’ll benefit from my book. I talk a lot about right-brained learning here, and my book brings all the information together in one cohesive place.

      I always tell people that I didn’t have this information as I unschooled my children, but I find having the information just makes the shift easier. It’s also useful as it pertains to helping others understand with research what you learn to trust with your instinct.

  3. laurence sharpe

    Hi there,
    I just had a couple of quick questions regarding a couple of the articles I have read here – I have not read your book yet.
    I have several personal connections with teachers so am aware of some of the teaching concepts you have written about.
    My question is this:
    My wife and I have two children who are highly creative and at least one who is a visual learner when it comes to math, he excels at patterning and problem solving and does find it helpful to use manipulative from time to time in class.
    Both my children learned to read at a very early age (as did I) neither of my kids have dyslexia or learning disability.
    Again, I apologize if the answer is obvious, but are you suggesting that all children who are creative have difficulty learning to read?
    When I was in high school the kids who were really interested in math tended to be less interested in English and were not usually interested in reading whereas people I knew who were interested in art almost always had their noses in a book (usually fantasy or science fiction) and tended to have very strong vocabularies, were witty and used language imaginatively. I am bringing this up because I do not tend to see any connection between creativity and lack of language skills or reading etc.
    My wife and I were just discussing this evening that writers paint with words, so again it may just be me that is confused πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your time
    Take care,
    Laurence

    • The short answer, Laurence, is: Not all (or even most) right-brained children will have dyslexia, but all of those diagnosed with dyslexia are right-brained. Often, the label exists to explain the discrepancy between a smart and creative child not being able to read that matches the school’s scope and sequence.

      I agree with your observation that I also notice that creative children are usually good at reading, later at math OR good at math and later at reading. Even though this is more statistically likely, it doesn’t mean there are not those who are creative who are both good at math and reading.

      When I discuss typical traits of those who are right-brained dominant, it’s just that…typically. I always use my two oldest sons to describe all the attributes of being right-brained, yet, they hardly ever overlap in their interests, gift areas, or attributes.

  4. I’m so happy I found your website. I’ve been reading up a little on the right brain learners, which I am, and I’ve come to a dead end on finding materials or resources for adults. It seems most information is targeted toward children, forgetting all about us adults that suffered 40+ years of not understanding why we can’t do the math. I have over 50 credit hours towards my AA degree but can’t finish because I hit a brick wall when it’s time for Algebra.My husband has tried helping me, but he don’t understand why I can’t grasp it. I explain to him that my mind will not even attempt to do a math problem unless it understands “why” or “what” the problem is for. College isn’t prepared to help people like me.I don’t know where to turn. All I want to do is finish my degree. If anyone out there has any information that might help, please let me know.
    Thank you!

    • I feel your pain, Leslie! It’s true that I concentrated a lot of my work on the elementary years to educate at the earliest source in hopes that it will prevent the frustrations so many adults I meet feel. You are definitely not alone, though that doesn’t help your current dilemma. Have you looked into Math U See at the algebra level? Teach yourself outside of school, and then see if that gives you enough foundation to do the course at an institution. You could also see if Life of Fred Algebra would help you or I’ve also heard right-brained people like anything by Jacobs, such as Elementary Algebra found here: https://www.amazon.com/Elementary-Algebra-Harold-R-Jacobs/dp/0716710471. I hope one of these resources might help you!

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