Boys who have an interpersonal learning style learn from interacting with other people. They are very social and love to spend time with others. They are great communicators and can often “read” another person’s body language and mood.
These boys like to learn in an environment that includes others. If they have an interest, they like to take a class or meet with others who share that interest. If they are homeschooling, they are big on field trips, coops and classes.
Scroll down to learn more about this learning style’s characteristics and how you can help your boy to learn in a way that works great for him if he has this style.
For insights into all of the learning style types see: Boys’ Learning Styles Overview.
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Interpersonal Learning Style
When boys have an interpersonal learning style they learn mostly from relating and cooperating with other people. They understand people and need a lot of social experiences. If there is something going on they want to be right in the middle of it. They get their information from other people before going to books or other resources.
See if some of the characteristics below are familiar. Not all of them need to be there in order for your boy to have this style but you will likely recognize some of them.
How You Can Tell if Your Boy Has an Interpersonal Learning Style
- Understands people
- May be a leader
- Can manipulate at times
- Tries to work things out or settle arguments—mediator
- Picks up on other people’s feelings
- Has a lot of friends
- Loves to socialize
- Likes a lot of activities in his life
- Likes to play with other kids
- Shows empathy
- Might enjoy teaching others
What You Can Provide If Your Boy Has an Interpersonal Learning Style
I think it really works well to provide a few items that fit with his learning style. I tend to get a few key items and then add to the collection over time based on what seemed to engage him the most.
- Opportunities to interact with others
- Card games
- Board games
- Cooperative games and learning toys
- Any toy that he can use with someone else
- voice recorder or video camera for interviewing others
- Hobbies that he can do with others
Here are a few other things he may enjoy. Click pictures for details.
Places You Can Take Your Boy to Honor His Interpersonal Learning Style
The key with this style is to get him out and about to experience a lot of interaction. He will thrive in the right environment so be sure to try whatever he might be interested in. Then you may need to narrow things down and focus on a few of his favorites so he doesn’t get overwhelmed.
- Community activities
- Volunteer opportunities
- Cultural events
- Old-fashioned socials
- Workshops and seminars
That should give you plenty of information to get started. Try a few things listed here to see how he likes them. I have found learning styles to be a great way to help boys learn.
For additional information on learning styles see: Boys’ Learning Styles Overview. This will bring you to the main page with a brief overview of each learning style. You can then click through to the ones you think your boy may lean toward.