At the core of MYP is the belief that education is not just about what a student learns, but rather how he or she learns it. Teachers therefore have classrooms that are inquiry-based, conceptual, contextual, collaborative, and differentiated to meet students' needs. Teachers use explicitly teach the Approaches to Learning skills and attitudes to help students build a solid foundation for learning independently and with others, prepare and demonstrate their learning through authentic assessments, and provide a common language for students and teachers to reflect on the learning process together.
Each year, students will focus on five ATL skill categories: communication, social, self-management, research, and thinking skills. These skills include general and subject-specific skills; general skills are tailored to students' individual needs and allow them to understand how skills transfer from one subject area to another. These skills are explicitly taught, modeled, and practiced in the classroom. Students are encouraged to keep track of their progress by asking themselves:
For a complete list of all of the specific skills for each category and sub-cluster of skills, click on the document below.
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MYP Approaches to Learning