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Town of Westlake, Westlake Academy IB World School

Approaches to Learning

The PYP position is that, in order to conduct purposeful inquiry and in order to be well prepared for lifelong learning, students need to master a range of skills beyond those normally referred to as basic. These skills are relevant to all subject areas as they support the complexities in the lives of the students.  These skills are valuable, not only in the units of inquiry, but also for any teaching and learning that goes on within the classroom, and in life outside the school. Referred to as the IB Approaches to Learning (ATLs), these five skills are how students learn how to learn.

 

Students demonstrate Social Skills as they develop positive interpersonal relationships and collaborative skills.  Learners are developing their social-emotional intelligence.

 

Thinking Skills include the ability to think critically and creatively, transfer skills, and reflect through metacognitive skills.

 

Exchanging information, literacy skills, and information technology are all components of Communication Skills.

 

Students develop Self-management Skills as they learn how to organize and practice states of mind that are attributed to well-being.

 

Lastly, Research Skills are used to approach learning in all areas of the school.  Students apply information-literacy skills, media literacy skills, and practice the ethical use of media and information.  At the end of this process, students present research findings effectively and appropriately.