The following instructional strategies will assist in awakening the right hemisphere of the brain helping to promote more engaged learning (Gregory, 2005).

Students are encouraged to visualize, or form pictures in their minds, of concepts. It can help simplify problem solving for some students.

Guided Imagery
Guided imagery begins with visualization but then the imagination takes over. The students are encouraged to imagine the outcome of the situation. This helps students with their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Fantasy is visualization from within. It requires the student to create ideas which could be implausible. Fantasy may help students articulate situations and sort out conflict.

The students connect new ideas to their past ideas and experiences.

The teacher discusses with the students the expectations of the unit before it begins. There may be an agenda map with symbols and pictures to assist in the focusing.

Stimulating with Visuals
Visuals of different genres enhance the learning and develop a deeper understanding. Visuals could include; drawings, sketches, diagrams, illustrations, photographs, or actual objects and materials.

Vocabulary Building
The students use new vocabulary in a variety of situations to continually reinforce comprehension and retention.

Hands On
The students use manipulatives and real materials for tactile involvement in the concepts of study.

Real-World Usage
The students make connections to their daily lives or the teacher provide a “being there” experience for the students.

The students are encouraged to create new ideas connected to a given topic.

Receiving Feedback
The teacher uses feedback in the form of questions to further the thinking of the student.

The students rehearse and practice a skill.

The students transfer their new knowledge to other situations or problems.


Gregory, G.H., (2005). Differentiating instruction with style; Maximum achievement. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.