Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning

ATLs represent general and subject-specific learning skills the students will develop and apply during the program and beyond. The focus of this area is on teaching students how to learn and helping students find out about themselves as learners, so they can better develop learning skills. ATL skills are grouped into five categories that span the IB continuum of education.

Self-management

Consistently meets classroom behavior expectations

School supplies, desk, and personal spaces are neat and organized

Turns in completed work on time

Arrives to school/class on time

Uses technology appropriately

Manages emotions at an age appropriate level

Respects uniform and personal appearance requirements

Manages physical movement to not distract self or others

 

Social

Respects others in words and actions

Accepts personal responsibility for behavior

Resolves peer-conflict appropriately

Works well with others in any group setting

Ensures others are included

 

Communication

Uses respectful tone, body language, and facial expressions in all interactions

Expresses him/herself clearly in verbal and written forms

Thinks before speaking

Asks for help when needed

Speaks clearly during classroom presentations

 

Thinking

Shares acquired knowledge in verbal and written forms in their own words

Makes connections between acquired knowledge and real-life situations

Summarizes and teaches others what they have learned

Asks thought-provoking questions that are aligned and contribute to classroom discussions

Evaluates their personal learning process

 

Research

Observes, collects, and records data

Organizes data

Interprets and presents data/research findings

Uses a variety of resources to research information