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:
- 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)
- Kermit The Frog (Creator Jim Henson was left-handed)
- Sponge Bob
- Barack Obama (5 of the last 7USAPresidents have been left-handed)
- Winston Churchill
- Mahatma Gandhi
- The Queen
- Prince Charles
- Prince William
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Jimi Hendrix
- Paul McCartney
- Bob Dylan
- David Bowie
- Bob Geldof
- Carly Simon
- Charles Darwin
- Isaac Newton
- Marie Curie
- Albert Einstein
- Marilyn Monroe
- Tom Cruise
- Robert Redford
- Jim Carrey
- Nicole Kidman
- Charlie Chaplin
- Diane Keaton
- Emma Thompson