What are Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills?

In order for students to grow as autonomous learners, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) intentionally teaches Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills to help students build on the process of learning.

Communication

  • Communication: How can students communicate through interaction and demonstrate their communication through language? Students can consider a range of topics such as giving and receiving feedback, oral and written communication, a variety of media, non-verbal communication, digital platforms, purposes and audiences, etc.

    • Speaking and Listening

      • Give and receive meaningful feedback

      • Use intercultural understanding to interpret communication

      • Use a variety of speaking techniques to communicate with a variety of audiences

      • Use appropriate forms of writing for different purposes and audiences

      • Use a variety of media to communicate with a range of audiences

      • Interpret and use effectively modes of non-verbal communication

      • Negotiate ideas and knowledge with peers and teachers

      • Participate in, and contribute to, digital social media networks

      • Collaborate with peers and experts using a variety of digital environments and media

      • Share ideas with multiple audiences using a variety of digital environments and media

    • Reading and Writing

      • Read critically and for comprehension

      • Read a variety of sources for information and for pleasure

      • Make inferences and draw conclusions

      • Use and interpret a range of discipline-specific terms and symbols

      • Write for different purposes

      • Understand and use mathematical notation

      • Paraphrase accurately and concisely

      • Preview and skim texts to build understanding

      • Take effective notes in class

      • Make effective summary notes for studying

      • Use a variety of organizers for academic writing tasks

      • Find information for disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries, using a variety of media

      • Organize and depict information logically

      • Structure information in summaries, essays and reports

Social

  • Collaboration Skills: How can students collaborate effectively with one another? Students can consider a range of topics such as social media, empathy, delegation and shared responsibility, resolving conflict, building consensus, negotiating, encouraging others to contribute, giving and receiving feedback, etc.?

    • Use social media networks appropriately to build and develop relationships

    • Practice empathy

    • Delegate and share responsibility for decision-making

    • Help others to succeed

    • Take responsibility for one’s own actions

    • Manage and resolve conflict, and work collaboratively in teams

    • Build consensus

    • Make fair and equitable decisions

    • Listen actively to other perspectives and ideas

    • Negotiate effectively

    • Encourage others to contribute

    • Exercise leadership and take on a variety of roles within groups

    • Give and receive meaningful feedback

    • Advocate for one’s own rights and needs

Self Management

  • Organization Skills: How can students manage time and tasks effectively to enhance their organizational skills? Students can consider a range of topics such as short vs long term assignments, meeting deadlines, calendar, goal setting, system of information, digital tools, learning styles, etc.?

    • Plan short- and long-term assignments; meet deadlines

    • Create plans to prepare for summative assessments (examinations and performances)

    • Keep and use a weekly planner for assignments

    • Set goals that are challenging and realistic

    • Plan strategies and take action to achieve personal and academic goals

    • Bring necessary equipment and supplies to class

    • Keep an organized and logical system of information files/notebooks

    • Use appropriate strategies for organizing complex information

    • Understand and use sensory learning preferences (learning styles)

    • Select and use technology effectively and productively

  • Affective Skills: How can students manage their own state of mind in order to be healthy and productive contributors to society? Students can consider a range of topics such as practicing mindfulness (concentration and mental breaks to sharpen focus), perseverance (practicing patience and persistence), emotional management (practicing peace and calm and being aware of emotions), self motivation (practicing positive thinking and a growth mindset), and resilience (practicing bouncing back after mistakes and failures and dealing with disappointment or change).

    • Mindfulness awareness

      • Practice focus and concentration

      • Practice strategies to develop mental focus

      • Practice strategies to overcome distractions

      • Practice being aware of body–mind connections

    • Perseverance

      • Demonstrate persistence and perseverance

      • Practice delaying gratification

    • Emotional management

      • Practice strategies to overcome impulsiveness and anger

      • Practice strategies to prevent and eliminate bullying

      • Practice strategies to reduce stress and anxiety

    • Self-motivation

      • Practice analyzing and attributing causes for failure

      • Practice managing self-talk

      • Practice positive thinking

    • Resilience

      • Practice “bouncing back” after adversity, mistakes and failures

      • Practice “failing well”

      • Practice dealing with disappointment and unmet expectations

      • Practice dealing with change

  • Reflection: How can students be reflective of their learning? Students can consider a range of topics such as identifying strengths and weaknesses of personal learning strategies and techniques, reflecting on new learning and areas for further exploration or confusion, reviewing the process of learning, etc.

    • Develop new skills, techniques and strategies for effective learning

    • Identify strengths and weaknesses of personal learning strategies (self-assessment)

    • Demonstrate flexibility in the selection and use of learning strategies

    • Try new ATL skills and evaluate their effectiveness

    • Consider content

      • What did I learn about today?

      • What don’t I yet understand?

      • What questions do I have now?

    • Consider ATL skills development

      • What can I already do?

      • How can I share my skills to help peers who need more practice?

      • What will I work on next?

    • Consider personal learning strategies

      • What can I do to become a more efficient and effective learner?

      • How can I become more flexible in my choice of learning strategies?

      • What factors are important for helping me learn well?

    • Focus on the process of creating by imitating the work of others

    • Consider ethical, cultural and environmental implications

    • Keep a journal to record reflections

Research

  • Information Literacy: How can students demonstrate information literacy? Students can consider a range of topics such as collecting, recording, and analyzing data; making connections between various sources, analyzing information to make informed decisions, using critical thinking skills to analyze and interpret media communications, and evaluate and select informational tools based on their relevance and appropriateness.

    • Collect, record and verify data

    • Access information to be informed and inform others

    • Make connections between various sources of information

    • Understand the benefits and limitations of personal sensory learning preferences when accessing, processing and recalling information

    • Use memory techniques to develop long-term memory

    • Present information in a variety of formats and platforms

    • Collect and analyse data to identify solutions and make informed decisions

    • Process data and report results

    • Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on their appropriateness to specific tasks

    • Understand and use technology systems

    • Use critical-literacy skills to analyse and interpret media communications

    • Understand and implement intellectual property rights

    • Create references and citations, use footnotes/endnotes and construct a bibliography according to recognized conventions

    • Identify primary and secondary sources

  • Media Literacy: How can students demonstrate media literacy? Students can consider a range of topics such as how they interact with media to use and create interpretations of information, seeking a range of perspectives from multiple sources, communicating through various platforms, and seeking to understand connections by comparing and contrasting and evaluating a variety of media and formats.

    • Locate, organize, analyse, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media (including digital social media and online networks)

    • Demonstrate awareness of media interpretations of events and ideas (including digital social media)

    • Make informed choices about personal viewing experiences

    • Understand the impact of media representations and modes of presentation

    • Seek a range of perspectives from multiple and varied sources

    • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

    • Compare, contrast and draw connections among (multi)media resources

Thinking

  • Critical Thinking: How can students think critically? Students can consider a range of topics such as gathering and organizing information into an argument, recognizing assumptions and bias in perspectives, drawing conclusions and generalizations, understanding counterarguments to see multiple perspectives, identifying trends, etc.

    • Practise observing carefully in order to recognize problems

    • Gather and organize relevant information to formulate an argument

    • Recognize unstated assumptions and bias

    • Interpret data

    • Evaluate evidence and arguments

    • Recognize and evaluate propositions

    • Draw reasonable conclusions and generalizations

    • Test generalizations and conclusions

    • Revise understanding based on new information and evidence

    • Evaluate and manage risk

    • Formulate factual, topical, conceptual and debatable questions

    • Consider ideas from multiple perspectives

    • Develop contrary or opposing arguments

    • Analyse complex concepts and projects into their constituent parts and synthesize them to create new understanding

    • Propose and evaluate a variety of solutions

    • Identify obstacles and challenges

    • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues

    • Identify trends and forecast possibilities

    • Troubleshoot systems and applications

  • Creativity and innovation: How can students be creative? Students can consider a range of topics such as brainstorming and mind mapping ideas, creating solutions to complex problems, designing improvements to existing systems or creating new ones, applying existing knowledge to generate new ideas, practicing flexible thinking, etc.

    • Use brainstorming and visual diagrams to generate new ideas and inquiries

    • Consider multiple alternatives, including those that might be unlikely or impossible

    • Create novel solutions to authentic problems

    • Make unexpected or unusual connections between objects and/or ideas

    • Design improvements to existing machines, media and technologies

    • Design new machines, media and technologies

    • Make guesses, ask “what if” questions and generate testable hypotheses

    • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes

    • Create original works and ideas; use existing works and ideas in new ways

    • Practise flexible thinking—develop multiple opposing, contradictory and complementary arguments

    • Practise visible thinking strategies and techniques

    • Generate metaphors and analogies

  • Transferring Skills: How can students transfer skills and knowledge among disciplines? Students can consider a range of topics such as applying effective learning strategies from one discipline to another, comparing their conceptual understanding across multiple disciplines, combining knowledge and understanding to create new solutions, etc.

    • Use effective learning strategies in subject groups and disciplines

    • Apply skills and knowledge in unfamiliar situations

    • Inquire in different contexts to gain a different perspective

    • Compare conceptual understanding across multiple subject groups and disciplines

    • Make connections between subject groups and disciplines

    • Combine knowledge, understanding and skills to create products or solutions

    • Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

    • Change the context of an inquiry to gain different perspectives

What are important study habits and tips?

Links:

https://thecollegepost.com/online-study-tools/

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/slideshows/10-college-study-tips-that-high-school-students-can-master-now

What are 21st Century Skills?

In order to equip our students to artfully navigate the world, it is important that they develop 21st Century skills to be successful These skills overlap with the ATL skills already outlined by IB. According to Applied Educational Systems website, there are 12 specific 21st Century Skills: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy, flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity, and social skills. These skills align very closely to the Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills for IB.

Overview of Skills


https://www.aeseducation.com/blog/what-are-21st-century-skills


Interview Skills

https://www.aeseducation.com/blog/how-to-teach-interview-skills-high-school