Welcome to The Monthly Left-Handed Lowdown Newsletter!
The Left-Handed Lowdown was formed to examine old, incorrect information about left-handedness; examine new,
correct information; use the true information to support left-handed learners; and share effective teaching tips.
This researched information is not only for the at least 1 in 8 wonderful people who are left-handed;
it is also to inform wonderful right-handed people. The Left-Handed Lowdown provides information hand over fist!
The Myths About Being Ambidextrous,
And The Reality of Dominant Hand Learning Differences
There are very, very, very, very few people who are truly ambidextrous, this is always determined by the brain at
birth, and this is usually associated with autism. To give an example, I know someone who is truly, brain-wired born
ambidextrous, and he would be the first to tell you that actually being ambidextrous isn't fun. This is because his brain
has to think about which hand to use every single time he does a task, new or old, which is pretty exhausting.
So What Should We Do To Maximize Natural Learning?
Accept that we can't change how the brain is wired in terms of hand dominance, and simply deal with this learning
difference. The brain gives us a natural leading hand, and a natural following hand, so that we can learn and do a task
efficiently. Artificially messing with the brain's ability to select the dominant hand to be used for a job just messes the
person up, and interferes with learning. This means that for maximum learning success left-handed people need tools
that work for their dominant left hand, and right-handed people need tools that work for their dominant right hand.
This is very important for every task, not just handwriting.
Can't Natural Hand Dominance Be ignored Sometimes?
To maximize learning success, natural hand dominance can't be ignored, no matter what the task is. Tools absolutely
need to fit the natural hand dominance of a person. Yes, tasks are two handed, but the dominant hand leads, and the
dominant hand is determined by the brain--to try to deny this is an exercise in futility, and is not good for maximum
learning success. It isn't good enough, for example, to say that a left-handed person should just learn all tasks except
handwriting using right-handed tools. Will they learn with these incorrect tools? More or less, just as a right-handed
person would more or less learn with left-handed tools, but they will not achieve maximum success, and sometimes
might just avoid learning new tasks altogether.
So How Do We Make Sure Learning Success Is Maximized For Everyone?
Give hand dominance the important place it deserves, for every task, in order to maximize learning success. The
Internet has made the getting of proper tools easy, and affordable. It has also allowed people to find teachers who are
able to teach to hand dominant learning differences. Learning is maximized when hand dominance is accommodated.
A Bonus For Teachers!
Teachers can relax, knowing that all learning tasks are hand dominant dependent, rather than having to wonder which
one is and which one isn't. They also can breathe easy, knowing they are maximizing each student's success by making
sure left-handed students have their tools, and right-handed students have their tools, no matter the subject. And,
teachers will be able to more accurately assess a student's ability on a task, rather than wondering if the tool is to
blame for poor performance.
A Real World Example
I and a friend of mine were discussing left-handed and right-handed dominant hand differences. She's right-handed,
and as we were talking she suddenly exclaimed: "That's why I can't use that knife I have! It's left-handed!" My friend
has inherited many tools over the years from various family members, and one was this serrated kitchen knife.
Serrated knives are hand dominant sensitive--the saw-like serrations are only on one side of the knife, which allows
for a person to easily cut into something, while the other side of the blade is smooth so that the slice looks nice. It
turns out the knife that didn't work for her belonged to her left-handed grandmother! Thanks to Anne for sending a
picture of her left-handed serrated knife, and a right-handed serrated knife, for comparison!
The knife on the top is a right-handed serrated A close-up of the knives--the left-handed knife
knife, the knife on the bottom is a left-handed is on the left, the right-handed knife is on the
serrated knife (the size of the serrations isn't right.
related to left-handedness or right-handedness).
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|It is tempting to think of ourselves as superhuman, able to do every
task however we want to and at any time, without considering our
basic biological needs like sleep, eating, or--yes, dominant hand brain
wiring. There's a reason why, without thinking about it, our dominant
hand reaches first for something, or why, when we cross our arms,
our non-dominant hand naturally crosses over our dominant hand to
protect it. That's our brain telling our hands what their natural jobs
are for each task we do, so that the brain can concentrate on
maximizing task learning success, and help us move effectively and
efficiently through life.
The Myths About Being Ambidextrous
There's a big myth going around that if a person works hard enough
they can be ambidextrous, and that being ambidextrous is the best.
This makes as much sense as saying that if I work hard enough I will
turn into a magical unicorn--kind of cool to consider, and isn't going
to realistically happen. But being ambidextrous has become this kind
of odd, shiny carnival game goal--the thing is, no one has ever been
able to explain exactly why this is such a great goal.
Sheree A. Bradford-Lea (SABL)
Cartoonist, Provider of Happy Arts,
'Cures for a Crabby Day'
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