Approaches to learning refers to a range of skills that help students guide, support, and structure learning.
Through collaboration with students and ongoing assessment, teachers effectively group and regroup students to support the development of the Approaches to Learning (ATL). A classroom that honors student voice, choice, and ownership also encourages them to identify peers with whom to practice their skills.
Teachers understand that proficiency in using and applying a skill comes with practice. To achieve this, teachers model the skill and provide scaffolds when introducing a skill for the first time. They consider the multiple contexts across the units of inquiry in which students can practice and transfer skills. In goal-setting, students and teachers collaborate to identify skills for development or for further practice.
It is important to recognize that all members of the learning community continue to develop the Approaches to Learning (ATL) throughout their lives. With exposure and experience, learners improve and become better at learning to learn.