Left-handed students also have a number of strengths to bring to the classroom. More left-handed people have IQs over 140 than right-handed people (Searleman – St Lawrence Uni,New York). Understanding and utilising left-handers’ strengths are essential for all staff. Left handers:

  • Can think quicker when carrying out tasks. For example on computer games or when playing sport.
  • Have higher levels of creativity and skill.
  • Can process several things at once and are comfortable switching between tasks.
  • Are good at problem solving and are strong visually.
  • Are good at sports such as fencing and tennis.
  • Are lateral thinkers and are able to make unorthodox links.
  • Are risk takers.
  • Are intuitive – they are good at detecting deception, reading situations and developing solutions to problems.
  • Are better typists – the most used letters T A E S R are on the left hand side of the keyboard. Therefore 57% of typing uses the left hand. 

Some famous left-handers are listed below: 

Cartoon Characters

  • Bart Simpson  (Creator Matt Groening is left-handed and he has ensured that each character in The Simpsons has appeared at least once left-handed)
  • Gromit
  • Kermit The Frog (Creator Jim Henson was left-handed)
  • Sponge Bob

Politicians

  • Barack Obama (5 of the last 7USAPresidents have been left-handed)
  • Winston Churchill
  • Mahatma Gandhi 

Royal Family

  • The Queen
  • Prince Charles
  • Prince William
  • QueenVictoria 

Artists

  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Michelangelo
  • Picasso
  • Raphael 

Musicians

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Paul McCartney
  • Bob Dylan
  • David Bowie
  • Bob Geldof
  • Carly Simon 

Scientists

  • Charles Darwin
  • Isaac Newton
  • Marie Curie
  • Albert Einstein 

Actors

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Tom Cruise
  • CaryGrant
  • Robert Redford
  • Jim Carrey
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Diane Keaton
  • Emma Thompson