Build IB Approaches to Learning at Home – A collection of diverse challenges across skills
Build IB Approaches to Learning at Home – A collection of diverse challenges across skills
Parita Parekh
4 min read

Inspiration behind the resource

The IB Approaches to Learning are 5 interrelated skills aimed to support children of all ages to become self-regulated learners who know how to ask good questions, set effective goals, and pursue their aspirations with the determination to achieve them. We can foster and support the development of these skills by providing opportunities through authentic learning experiences. With this lens, we created at-home challenges for children to build Approaches to Learning skills by exploring diverse domains.

In this collection, children explore everything from space to morse code and mindfulness to music, from storytelling to machines and yoga to journalism – we’ve got opportunities for everything!

Thinking Skills Challenges

While the ATLs are presented as distinct categories, there are close links and several overlaps between them. These explicit strategies to build thinking skills will give learners the opportunity to analyse and evaluate ideas, generate novel ideas, consider new perspectives, and flex their metacognitive skills as they reconsider the process of learning.

Research Skills Challenges

We can support the development of research skills by providing a range of tools for learners to organize their research, by modelling curiosity, and by collaborating with peers. These challenges provide children with choices and ownership as they formulate and plan, gather data, synthesize and interpret, and apply technology to independently build research skills.

Communication Skills Challenges

The ATLs are a collection of key learners need to successfully navigate 21st century challenges. In this section, we look at one of these foundational and ubiquitous skills – Communication skills. Our focus will specifically be listening, interpreting, speaking, using language to gather and communicate information, and investigating information. We can support the development of these skills by providing authentic, integrated, and meaningful contexts such as below.

Social Skills Challenges

Teachers often embed the ATL in the classroom culture by modeling the skills, using the language of the skills, giving feedback on the skills, and highlighting the use of the skills in daily routines and learning spaces. In these challenges, we will focus on collaborating, using self-control, managing setbacks, and becoming more empathetic.

Self-Management Skills Challenges

While making self-management skills an integral part of learning, we specifically focus on managing time and tasks effectively, mindfulness, perseverance, emotional management, self-motivation, and resilience. These challenges provide learners with opportunities to plan short- and long- term tasks, set goals that are realistic, use time effectively and appropriately, demonstrate persistence, and practice positive thinking and language.

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Parita is the head of learning at Toddle and the bridge between teachers & engineers. She is a passionate early years educator who co-founded Toddler’s Den - a network of Reggio-inspired play-based preschools. She studied at Brown University and Stanford University.

Disclaimer - The ideas and resources presented in this blog have been developed independently from and are not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate (IB).
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