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Instructor: Derek Hughes
Some students in your classroom may be intrapersonal learners. This lesson will define what an intrapersonal learning style is and provide tips for teaching students who prefer learning this way.

Intrapersonal Learning Style

In any given classroom, you are likely to find many different learning styles. A learning style is a student's preferred way of working and learning. One of these learning styles is the intrapersonal learning style. In this learning style, students learn better through self-reflection, independence, and working alone and quietly.

There are several different ways you can incorporate intrapersonal activities into your classroom to allow those students time to learn in their preferred style. This lesson will focus on Mrs. Davies, a teacher who has identified several students who prefer an intrapersonal learning environment and how she includes activities in her lessons for those students.

Intrapersonal Activities

Mrs. Davies has several students in her room who she noticed prefer to work alone. Through her observations during class, Mrs. Davies has identified that these students prefer activities that ask them to use an intrapersonal learning style. As she does with all of her students, Mrs. Davies decided to include activities that allow these students to work in their preferred learning style.

Journals: One thing that she began including in her classroom was a self-reflection journal. In this journal, students are expected to reflect on what they are learning, how they feel they are doing in school, and other important aspects of their education.

By giving students some time to write in their journals throughout the week, Mrs. Davies ensures that her students that prefer intrapersonal work are able to exercise that skill. She also helps other students practice self-reflection, as it is a useful skill for any student to have, regardless of their learning style.

Alone Time Activities: Intrapersonal students often work better independently, so Mrs. Davies gives students the chance to complete some activities quietly, on their own. For example, certain activities might require students to work in groups. For these activities, Mrs. Davies also gives her intrapersonal learning students the opportunity to work alone.

Independent Research: Additionally, Mrs. Davies includes more activities in which students seek out new information independently. For these activities, students are essentially teaching themselves through research. Mrs. Davies gives her students a general idea of what the topic is, and students are responsible for seeking out as much information as they can.

Self Assessment: When it comes to assessment, Mrs. Davies sometimes lets her students judge their own strengths and weaknesses. Doing this is something students who prefer an intrapersonal learning style will excel at, as it is a form of self-reflection. These students are very good at looking inward to determine their strengths and weaknesses, allowing them a say in their own assessment will help them learn better.

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