We know that it takes all types of people to make the world go around. Any person who works in education or with the public can likely state that indeed the world is full of all types of people.
Understanding how people function can help us better education students. Each student must be dealt with on an individual basis. Not all students will learn in the same manner and at the same time.
In one of my previous articles, I discussed the typical characteristics of an interpersonal student in the classroom. Today I will examine the intrapersonal student in the classroom.
While interpersonal students seem to understand and know a lot about other people that they come into contact with during the day, intrapersonal students understand more about themselves. They have a good grasp on their emotions, feelings, and moods. They have good self-discipline and self-control. They have high self-esteem and self-motivation.
This student jumps right in during journal time and has no trouble writing down thoughts and feelings. This student takes learned material and makes it personal by seeing how it can fit into his/her life. He/she enjoys self-discovery.
During certain times of the day, intrapersonal students may need space away from the rest of the group to focus and think. This student may quietly move to an isolated location during lunch, recess, or reading time. This student is not anti-social but in touch with his/her feelings. He/she needs a time for self-reflection.
An intrapersonal student is more aware and focused on his/her own self rather than others. This student can usually reflect on historical figures and characters from literature easily. He/she can identify and have compassion for these figures.
This student may work better independently rather than in a group. When in a group this student may work better completing a specific job rather than cooperatively working.