Approaches to learning (ATL)
Through approaches to learning (ATL) in IB programmes, students develop skills that have relevance across
the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with
practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with
others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment.
They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the
process of learning. The focus of ATL in the MYP is on helping students to develop the self-knowledge and skills they need to enjoy a lifetime of learning.
IB programmes identify five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters.
|IB ATL skill categories||MYP skill clusters|
|Self Management||III Organisation
|Research||VI Information Literacy
VII Media Literacy
|Thinking||VIII Critical Thinking
IX Creativity and Innovation
|IBO From Principles into Practice|