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MYP & DP ATL: Self-management

Approaches to Learning

ATL: Self-Management Skills


How can students demonstrate organization skills?
Managing time and tasks effectively

  • Plan short- and long-term assignments; meet deadlines
  • Create plans to prepare for summative assessments (examinations and performances)
  • Keep and use a weekly planner for assignments
  • Set goals that are challenging and realistic
  • Plan strategies and take action to achieve personal and academic goals
  • Bring necessary equipment and supplies to class
  • Keep an organized and logical system of information files/notebooks
  • Use appropriate strategies for organizing complex information
  • Understand and use sensory learning preferences (learning styles)
  • Select and use technology effectively and productively


How can students manage their own state of mind?
Managing state of mind


  • Practise focus and concentration
  • Practise strategies to develop mental focus
  • Practise strategies to overcome distractions
  • Practise being aware of body–mind connections


  • Demonstrate persistence and perseverance
  • Practise delaying gratification

Emotional Management

  • Practise strategies to overcome impulsiveness and anger
  • Practise strategies to prevent and eliminate bullying
  • Practise strategies to reduce stress and anxiety


  • Practise analysing and attributing causes for failure
  • Practise managing self-talk
  • Practise positive thinking


  • Practise “bouncing back” after adversity, mistakes and failures
  • Practise “failing well”
  • Practise dealing with disappointment and unmet expectations
  • Practise dealing with change

ATL Skills from "MYP: From Principles to Practice (2014)"

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