Approaches to Learning

Although Approaches to Learning has long been an MYP Area of Interaction, MYP Next Chapter and the ever-evolving DP have now identified Approaches to Learning and Approaches to Teaching as a cornerstone of IB pedagogy. Identifying skills and skill clusters, IB now requires that explicit instruction occur on these skills. “Through approaches to learning, students are provided with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning. Central to this is ‘learning how to learn’ and developing in individuals an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.”  (http://www.ibo.org/myp/curriculum/interaction/approaches/index.cfm 

These learning skills can be broken down in the following ways:

Organization

Self-Management

Time Management

Collaboration

Working in Groups

Accepting and analyzing others’ viewpoints

Negotiating differences with respect

Communication

Expressing ideas clearly

Awareness of type of medium/audience

Expressive use of Language

Information Literacy

Accessing information

Selecting and organizing information

Referencing

Reflection

Self-Awareness

Self-Evaluation

Thinking

Creative thinking

Critical thinking

Analytical

Generating Ideas

Planning

Identifying problems/Problem Solving

Creating novel solutions

Applying knowledge

Transfer

Making connections

Inquiring in different contexts

To demonstrate how these skills are taught in our curricula over time, please review the following subject level vertical planning documents: 2014-15_Art_Vertical_Planning__ATL

2014-15_English_Vertical_Planning__ATL_and_LP

Math Vertical Planning ATL 08212014

History Vertical_Planning__ATL_and_LP

To show how these skills fit in the course of a year, please review our grade level horizontal planning documents:

Updated -Grade 9 ATL Horizontal Planner

10th_grade_ATL_Horizontal_planning_2014-15

11th_Grade_ATL Horizontal_ Planning_2014-1512th_Grade_ ATL_Horizontal_Planning_2014-2015