Approaches to Teaching & Learning

"A concept-driven curriculum that uses Approaches to Learning skills effectively enables all students to become stronger, more self-regulated learners." All IB-text from "MYP From Principles into Practice" (2014) page 97-114.


  • Collaborative Community wiki for ATTL clusters, skills, practices & resources.
  • As schools have to map ATL's in their IB programmes, we could work together to build resources.

Student Competence (Self-Assessment) in the ATL Skills

Sample ATL self-evaluation questions:
  • What are my present skills in this area and what evidence do I have of my development?
  • What skills can I improve?
  • What new skills can I learn?
Novice/ Beginning
Students are introduced to the skill, and can watch others performing it.
Learner/ Developing
Students copy others who use the skill and use the skill with scaffolding and guidance.
Practitioner/ Using
Students employ the skill confidently and effectively.
Students can show others how to use the skill and accurately assess how effectively the skill is used.

Approaches to Learning Skills & Clusters

Click on the links below for Clusters pages.
Approaches to Learning
Skills Clusters
How can students communicate through interaction?
Exchanging thoughts, messages and information effectively through interaction

How can students demonstrate communication through language?
Reading, writing and using language to gather and communicate information
How can students collaborate?
Working effectively with others
How can students demonstrate organization skills?
Managing time and tasks effectively

How can students manage their own state of mind?
Managing state of mind

Reflective Skills
How can students be reflective?
(Re)considering the process of learning; choosing and using ATL skills
Information Literacy
How can students demonstrate information literacy?
Finding, interpreting, judging and creating information

Media Literacy
How can students demonstrate media literacy?
Interacting with media to use and create ideas and information
Critical Thinking
How can students think critically?
Analysing and evaluating issues and ideas

Creative Thinking
How can students be creative?
Generating novel ideas and considering new perspectives

How can students transfer skills and knowledge across disciplines and subject groups?
Using skills and knowledge in multiple contexts
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