Approaches to Learning (ATL)


What are the approaches to learning (ATL)?

  • ATL are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the teaching and learning environment.
  • ATL supports the belief that a large influence on a student’s education is not only what you learn but also how you learn.
  • Teaching students how to learn has always been a part of teaching, but the IB is providing more explicit support for teaching these skills, aligning the IB Career-related Programme (CP) with the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).
  • Focus on ATL will improve the quality of teaching and learning across the programmes and may result in more engaged teachers and students.

What are the IB approaches to learning skills?

  1. Thinking skills
  2. Communications skills
  3. Social skills
  4. Self-management skills
  5. Research skills

The IB approaches to teaching skills are…

  1. based on inquiry
  2. focused on conceptual understanding
  3. developed in local and global contexts
  4. focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
  5. differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
  6. informed by formative and summative assessment.

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