Approaches to Learning

The IB programmes Approaches to Learning (ATL's) allow students to develop the skills needed to succeed across the curriculum. Students will “learn how to learn”. ATL's are learned and taught, improved incrementally through continued practice. Forging the foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL's provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on process of learning.

Thinking Skills

including areas such as critical thinking, creative thinking and ethical thinking

Research Skills

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Communication Skills

including skills such as written and oral communication, effective listening, and formulating arguments

Social Skills

including areas such as forming and maintaining positive relationships, listening skills, and conflict resolution

Self-Management Skills

including both organizational skills, such as managing time and tasks, and affective skills, such as managing state of mind and motivation.

The development of these skills plays a crucial role in supporting the IB’s mission to develop active, compassionate and lifelong learners. Although these skills areas are presented as distinct categories, there are close links and areas of overlap between them, and the categories should be seen as interrelated.