The ATL Skills Workbook contains 93 individual and unique ATL skills exercises.
Exercises that cover all five Categories, ten Clusters and 134 skills Practices that make up the full ATL framework for MYP. These exercises have been designed so that each one can be used by any teacher in any subject.
The idea with this workbook is for all MYP students to have one each, which will last them all the years of their MYP. Teachers can use the indexing of exercises to plan out an MYP-wide programme of ATL skills introduction and development to cover all students as they progress through the MYP.
This book will enable all schools to be able to create and deliver their own unique ATL programme to suit their school, their country and their particular mix of cultures.
Each exercise has been designed for students to get better at one small aspect of learning in general. The aim of this book is to help students improve their own success – however they define success.”
Students need to practice the ATL skills exercises the same way they might practice a musical instrument, a sporting pursuit or a new language. First, they need to work out exactly how to do it well and then do it over and over making small improvements every time until they get it. Students will know they have got it when they can do it without thinking about it and perhaps even good enough to teach someone else.
Teachers can pick one ATL skill that you most want to develop with your students, find the correct exercise in this book and get as many teachers as possible to have their students practice that same exercise in their subject class. Use student self -assessment to monitor progress. Once you have one skill exercise working well across the student body, pickanother. Make a plan. Create a framework.
Each exercise gives students an activity to perform to practice the skill and it also gives students what is called a “Mastery” statement. This is a definition of what someone who was really good at this particular skill would be able to do. Students can use this statement as something to aim for.
First students need to first out what they want to achieve (see Achieving Goals) and then look for the specific skills that might help with that. If it is school work – what might the student be having with – what might help that student improve? Is it making good notes in class? (see Note Making). Is it meeting deadlines? (see Deadlines). If that is the case the student may need to look at (Perseverance) skills and maybe learn how to deal with Pressure and Stress.
This book is a self-help manual for all the skills students need to succeed – however they want to succeed.