In our IB school,  we develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help us “learn how to learn”. Approaches To Learning skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help me prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that teachers and I can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.

For each skill category, I will rank myself on the following scale: 

  1. Novice/beginning—I have been introduced to the skill, and can watch others performing it (observation)
  2. Learner/developing—I can copy others who use the skill and use the skill with scaffolding and guidance (emulation)
  3. Practitioner/using— I can employ the skill confidently and effectively (demonstration)
  4. Expert/sharing—I can show others how to use the skill and accurately assess how effectively the skill is used (self-regulation)

I will provide examples of work I have completed in my classes to demonstrate my level of skill development, along with an explanation of how this work shows what I can do and how I will continue to develop my skills.