ATL – Approaches to Learning


Six Steps to Teach an ATL Skill – free poster part 1

Six Steps to Teach an ATL Skill – free poster part 2

Maheswaran Balaraman – a wonderful Padlet containing a huge array of ATL resources for all programmes

Lance King – The Remote Learning Revolution

OECD – How well prepared for remote learning are students and schools worldwide

Head Start and ATL skills – good research paper on the efficacy of ATL skills

Jesse Martin on the urgent need for the development of thinking and learning skills today

Heather E. McGowan – Labour patterns in the USA and the fourth industrial revolution

Lance King – 21st C Skills and LALATAT 

IB Documents – e-books, exam papers, question banks, subject guides – loads of useful IB docs

Aloha Levina’s brilliant blog – The Learner’s Toolbox

Alison Yang’s excellent resources for ATL

Andy Vasili’s blog on ATL in the PYP

Youki Terada on Multiple Intelligences – great links and resources

Howard Gardner debunks learning styles and explains intelligence

How Learning Happens – great video resources for all Affective and Brain-based learning areas

60+ Edtech tools by subject

Great ideas for effective formative assessment

Integrating ATL in the EE – From Data to Implementation – from Upper Canada College

ATL Implementation Review – 2018 Case Study of ATL Implementation in one East Asia International School

Yong Zhao – Lessons that Matter: What should we learn from Asia’s school systems

Asia Society – Advancing 21st Century Competencies in East Asian Education Systems

Lance King – Literature Review of ATL Skills – suitable for MYP and DP – first pub 04/13

Lance King – Teaching Affective Skills first pub. 04/12

Lance King – Teaching with ATL in Mind at the DP level – full article first pub 06/13.

Lance King – Literature Review of ATT (Appoaches to Teaching) – first pub 05/13

Lance King – The Teaching Revolution and the IB – first pub. Nov 2012

Lance King – Student self-assessment rubric – Reflection on ATL skill development



Communication Games and Activities from toddlers to college students

Critial Reading – using a metacognitive approach

>Teaching Note Making and Summarizing
ASCD publication – full text, lots of great ideas and techniques, a must for all teachers

Alexis Wiggins and SPIDER
Youtube clip of groupwork exercise to promote deeper thinking and teach the process of effective collaboration and communication
Harkness method of collaborative teaching
Lots of clips on the Harkness method of “round-table” teaching focused on improving communication between students and teachers
Teaching English – BBC – huge resource base
BBC – excellent resources – lesson plans, activities, links for teaching English to students of all ages
Exercises for teaching listening skills
From India, a series of exercises adaptable to any subject which teach the skill of listening carefully
Using Peer Feedback to develop Writing Skills
Lots of suggestions, lesson plans and resources for teaching all forms of communication
Seven Tips for Giving and Receiving Feedback – from Grant Wiggins
How to make sure that feedback given to students works.


8 Social skills for young children and how to teach each one

20 Interactive teaching activities to promote collaboration in the classroom

Learning collaboration in the classroom – fun ways for students to collaborate

On-line tools for active student collaboration – Learning in Hand by Tony Vincent
Eight tools to use in the classroom
Teaching Collaboration Effectively – Miriam Clifford
20 collaborative tips and strategies for teachers
Aloha Lavina – The MYP Toolbox – on collaboration
Great resource covering many issues for MYP (and DP) teachers including how to implement ATL and teach using inquiry learning


Developing Metacognitive Learning Practice 1 – first pub 2012
The metacognitive approach to performance improvement

>Maximise Your Practice TIme with Donna Schwarz – applied to music practice but applicable for all areas
Overcoming procrastination to get practice done – organisational strategies
Exercises to Increase Concentration
Yoga based methods to understand and develop higher levels of concentration

Learn to Focus 


Media Literacy Skills – good overview of today’s digital media influences
Great resources for teaching media literacy, videos, commentary, links to good sites.
Research Skills – Google Lessons in Effective Searching
On-line lessons in effective searching – four parameters of searching at three age group levels
Research Skills – Four NETS for Better Searching
Really simple four step process for more effective on-line searching
Research Skills – 10 Tips for Better Searching
Simple stuff to teach students of all ages how to search more effectively
Media Literacy Skills – another great resource for teaching media literacy
Good research material, information for teachers, parents, links etc
History of Social Media
2016 piece on the history of social media platforms


Critical Thinking Web – 100 free lessons for teaching all aspects of thinking

>Teach Thought – 25 resources for teaching critical thinking

Thinking Skills – Digital tools for critical thinking aligned with Bloom’s taxonomy
Lots of resources for teaching critical thinking through the lens of Bloom’s taxonomy
De Bono’s CoRT Thinking Programme – developing critical thinking
Slide share of the first 10 critical thinking skill exercises – use in any class
Strategies for Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking
Distinctions, definitions and a framework for teaching critical and creative thinking
Stanford d-school – Framework for Critical and Creative Thinking
Including the Library of Ambiguity – comprehensive resource for implementing critical and creative thinking in your classroom
Great summary of models of critical and creative thinking
Find the thinking model that suits your subject and your students best
Teacher Tools – how to teach thinking skills
Great resources, links, lessons
Question Bank for developing analytical thinking and problem solving
From India – very useful questions and answers in all subjects to develop verbal and non-verbal reasoning & analytical thinking
Logical Reasoning Test Practice Questions 
Useful to help students preparing for many exams


Wabasabi Learning – great resources in all teaching and learning areas
Some good resources and systems that help get the shy kids involved whilst respecting their introversion

Diane Smith’s Youtube channel on Approaches to Teaching in the MYP
Great Youtube clips explaining many aspects of teaching in the MYP
Developing Global Awareness in the Classroom – Global Digital Citizen Foundation
18 great resources for use in the classroom – helping develop global awareness in students
>Wiggins and McTighe – Summary of Resources for Essential (Inquiry) Questions
Good resources to help you write Inquiry questions
>Wiggins and McTighe – Chapter 1 from “Essential Questions”
Examples of Essential questions in many subjects and good explanations of how to write them 
> Many brilliant free lesson plans and resources in every subject at every level
British resources for teachers – some free, some with a fee
ATL Articulation – making connections – part 1 of 4
Aloha Lavina’s clear prescription for inculding ATL skills at the Unit Planner stage