• ATL - Approaches to teaching and learning

    ATL - Approaches to teaching and learning

    From time to time it is important to stop and think about how teachers teach and how students learn. Strong pedagogy, after all, is the cornerstone of any good international school. The IB has outlined 5 approaches to learning and 6 approaches to teaching that should be fostered across all Programmes. This one-day, in-school workshop aims to integrate these approaches into all curricula across the Diploma Programme:

    Approaches to learning Approaches to teaching
    thinking skills inquiry-based
    communication skills concept-based
    social skills contextualised
    self-management skills collaborative
    research skills differentiated
    informed by assessment

    Sample agenda

    ATL - Approaches to teaching and learning
    08:30 - 09:00 Welcome coffee and introduction
    09:00 - 10:30 Session 1 - Plenary: (whole DP staff) Introducing ATL; underlying pedagogical principles; terminology; importance for enhancing teaching and learning strategies already in place in school; necessity for DP evaluation.
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30 Session 2 - Break-out group 1: (senior and middle management) ATL skills assigned to individual participants (or pairs) to work on implementation strategies. Report back to whole group.
    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
    13:30 - 15:00 Session 3 - Break-out group 2: DP subject / department teams) reflection on application of ATL within DP subject groups; sharing good practice; practical ideas for implementing ATL skills effectively.
    15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:45 Session 4 - Plenary: Presentations from break-out groups. Finalising proposal for integration of ATL skills into DP action plan and school’s development plan. 

    Praise for the leaders

    "Sue Austin & Nick Lee were awesome. We enjoyed every aspect of the day, and we'd recommend this inset day to any IB school. Our ATLs are in a much better place now." - Amaral Cunha, Graded School of São Paulo