If you are someone who likes to be a part of a team, loves being around friends, and shows concern for others, you may be very strong in the interpersonal intelligence. The root word “inter” means between or among. So interpersonal intelligence refers to the connections between or among people.
Children who are strong in this intelligence relate and communicate to people very well. They are usually extroverted, have empathy for others, enjoy persuading others to their point of view, can see other people’s perspectives, and like to be in charge of groups of people. Mother Theresa and U. S. President Ronald Reagan would be examples of people who were strongly interpersonal.
Keep in mind that people can be both strong in the intrapersonal (self smart) and interpersonal (people smart) intelligences.
To support and strengthen a child’s interpersonal intelligence, provide materials and opportunities in which the child needs to engage with others. Here are a few ideas:
board games (or any game that requires collaboration)
play equipment that requires more than one person
chatting on phone with grandma (or other relatives and close friends)
role playing (tea parties, how to order at a restaurant)
giving opportunities to lead an activity or group
cooking with adults
volunteering (with an adult)
introducing them to people in the community (neighbors, librarians, grocers, police officers)
The last two posts in this series will give overviews of the linguistic (word smart) and logical-mathematical (number smart) intelligences. Then I will begin a series on applying the Theory of Multiple Intelligences to the teaching of short vowel sounds.