Approaches to Learning

Students are expected to develop and demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding of the five Approaches to Learning (AtL) on a continuum across the PYP, MYP and DP. To enhance competency in these areas, teachers design learning tasks, activities or challenges that nurture students’ further growth and understanding of the Approaches to Learning.

The Approaches to Learning are identified as:

  1. Communication skills - oral, written, digital and creative.
  2. Collaborative social skills.
  3. Organizational, affective and reflective self-management skills.
  4. Research skills demonstrating information and media literacy.
  5. Critical thinking, creative and innovative synthesis, and knowledge transfer skills.

Throughout their studies, students are expected to develop and demonstrate a clear, sophisticated understanding of how they learn best, and how they evaluate the effectiveness of their learning. This kind of self-directed learning, that is both independent and autonomous, helps students to:

  • Prepare for further study and responsible participation in local and global communities.
  • Develop confidence to try new strategies and explore new concepts and contexts for learning.
  • Share responsibility for creating productive, cooperative and safe learning environments.
  • Meet subject group aims and objectives.
  • Evaluate and provide evidence of their learning and creativity.
  • Understand the diversity of human learning needs.
  • Reflect purposefully on their learning (meta-cognition).
Approaches to Learning (ATL)
The Approaches to Learning (ATL) that the IB courses seek to cultivate; cognitive, metacognitive, and affective abilities that are essential for effective learning and for preparing learners for life after school. There are five ATL categories: thinking skills, communication skills, social skills, self-management skills, and research skills. The International Baccalaureate supports a constructivist and student-centered approach to education that is focused on interconnectedness and concurrent learning.
     Approaches to Teaching: Six fundamental pedagogical ideas underpin all IB programs.
1. Teaching is built on inquiry
2. Focused on conceptual understanding
3. Developed in local and global contexts
4. Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
5. Differentiation to needs of all learners
6. Informed by assessment (formative and summative).