IB teachers can often be preoccupied about if they are meeting ATL skills and how they go about achieving this. Often skills are implicit in the subjects that the students are taking but this only goes so far in helping students; skills need to be explicitly taught so students are absolutely aware that they have that skill in their toolbox to use within a range of contexts. This is where PPS can really come into its own as there are so many opportunities to respond truly to the needs of your students and colleagues by focusing explicitly on ATL skills in the five key areas; Social, Communication, Self-management,Thinking and Research. Closer inspection of the five key PPS themes will lead to the conclusion that there is a clear parallel beween ATL and PPS.
Collaborative discussion on meeting the needs of students through ATL
Use these examples of a selection of skills from the ATL areas to discuss how these skills are met by the individual DP subjects.
1. Where is there commonality and what does the same skill look like when transferred to a different context and subject?
2. What might the value be in explicitly teaching students this skill in terms of their future career?
3. Students begin the CP with many skills in the developing stage. Where do you think strengths lie and where do you think they struggle?
4. Are there skills where students can become the teachers? Where can you find opportunities to empower them within different courses as well as during core subjects?
Social and Communication skills
- be able to interpret and use modes of non-verbal communication
- be able to paraphrase successfully
- be able to effectively structure information in different modes such as summaries, essays and reports
- be able to organise information and display it logically
- be able to communicate with a range of audiences using a variety of media confidently
- be able to work both peers and experts using a variety of digital environments and media
- be able to be mindful and create strategies to focus and concentrate
- be able to persist and persevere
- be able to reduce stress and anxiety
- be able to analyse and understand reasons for failure
- be able to be resilient and deal with change
- be able to use visible thinking strategies to generate new ideas and lines of inquiry
- be able to consider a range of alternative solutions including the unlikely or impossible
- be able to make unusual connections between ideas
- be able to create original solutions to real-life problems
- be able to identify underlying assumptions and bias
- be able to communicate ideas to multiple audiences using a range of media and/or formats.
- be able to collect, record and verify data
- be able to make connections between a variety of sources of information
- be able to effectively use critical-literacy skills to analyse and interpret communication
- be able to find multiple perspectives from a range of sources