Approaches to Learning

Kindergarten Students in the Library with Mr. Lewis

The International Baccalaureate utilizes a set of approaches to learning (ATL) in the exploration of units through the program of inquiry. The teaching and learning in the PYP setting are transdisciplinary in nature.

Subjects and disciplines connect and integrate, using transdisciplinary themes. Knowledge derived from different disciplines is aligned using a unifying central idea. Teachers foster and support the development of ATL by providing opportunities embedded in authentic learning experiences.

The approaches to learning (ATL) are an essential part of the IB education in helping students to think, research, communicate, socialize, and manage themselves effectively. Here are the five strands of the PYP ATL:

The Five Strands of Approaches to Learning

Thinking – Learners are encouraged to think creatively and critically. Opportunities are provided to reflect on ideas in becoming aware and understand one’s thought process.

Research – Learners are provided with opportunities to search and access information to support their learning using various sources. Assessing, analyzing, and evaluating information and sources are critical in filtering and sharing information.

Communication – Learners are encouraged to express their ideas effectively. Literacy and ICT have a significant role in nurturing this strand.

Learners are provided with opportunities to practice and apply their knowledge of expressing their thoughts for a specific audience and purpose. Their knowledge of reading and writing is expanded in the integration of technological tools.

Social – Learners are engaged in collaborative tasks. They are encouraged to accept and delegate responsibilities cooperatively. Listening to others and considering their opinion and perspective are essential aspects of working together.

Self-Management – Learners are encouraged to develop their sense of independence by allowing them to carry out responsibilities on time. Crucial to this strand is developing a sense of self, in ensuring that learners have the tools and strategies to solve problems on their own.

One important notion to consider is how the ATLs may look at different levels. It is essential to understand that these strands have varying degrees of complexities between the different grade levels or age groups.

Nevertheless, it is our mandate to provide students with experiences to learn, practice, master, and apply these abilities. Furthermore, we are committed to finding opportunities to utilize these skills across all subjects and disciplines.

Teachers IB PYP Making It Happen Workshop

The Making the PYP Happen Implementing Agency Teacher Workshop took place at D-PREP on September 10th and 11th. This two-day workshop focused on the important elements of IB PYP.

The is the second IB workshop for returning teachers, and the first for the new teachers. The mandate of the workshop is to unpack the elements of the program and construct an understanding of how to implement the program in the classroom.

The sessions focused on the following elements:

Primary Teachers with Mr. Chris
  1. Essential Agreement, Learner Profile
  2. The Role of Language
  3. Transdisciplinary Learning
  4. Concept-Driven Learning
  5. Approaches to Learning
  6. Inquiry-Based Learning
  7. Agency
  8. Unpacking Central Ideas
  9. Learning Environment and Spaces