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Part 3: Why are ATL Skills integral to the MYP?

All IB programmes lay particular emphasis on five categories of approaches to learning skills or ATLs – thinking, self-management, social, research, and communication skills. These skills are nurtured to help students learn how to learn.

These categories are further divided into clusters and skill indicators. The indicators clarify expectations for each category and outline specific ways that students can show mastery in each of these areas. This can be better understood with the visual below: 

As ATLs provide a common language and support student learning in and out of the classroom, we may see them visible in many places, including through the core curriculum, assemblies, student conferences and reflections. In the MYP, ATL skills are also documented in unit plans. ATL skills should be explicitly taught and should be connected to the subject objectives.

Learn more about why the ATLs are important, introduce students to the skills they will develop, and get interesting skill-building activity ideas with these engaging resources below!

Disclaimer: This guide has been produced independently of and not endorsed by the IB. Toddle’s resources seek to encourage sharing of perspectives and innovative ideas for classroom teaching & learning. They are not intended to be replacements for official IB guides and publications. Views and opinions expressed by the authors of these resources are personal and should not be construed as official guidance by the IB. Please seek assistance from your school’s IB coordinator and/or refer to official IB documents before implementing ideas and strategies shared within these resources in your classroom.