Approaches to learning

TNS Beaconhouse is offering an excellent learning opportunity to meet Mr. Lance King, chief-architect of the 21st century skills program in the IB: the ATLs (Approaches to Learning Skills).

Mr. Lance King is an internationally recognized author, teacher and workshop facilitator who, in the past 24 years, has worked with over 250,000 students worldwide as well as many thousands of teachers and parents. He is the creator of the Art of Learning programme taught in over 300 schools in 34 countries and is a specialist in the direct teaching of ‘21st Century skills’. He is also the author of six books on teaching and learning 21st Century skills: the latest one (ATL workbook) is in use as part of our TNS curriculum.

Mr. Lance is married with four grown-up children. He lives in Raglan, New Zealand and divides his time between delivering workshops around the world and his writing.

Why are ATL skills important?

Through ATL in IB programmes, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. Approaches to learning skills can be learned and taught; improved with practice and developed incrementally. The IB approaches to learning are inarguably the most important for students’ acquisition not only in the units of inquiry, but also for any learning and teaching that occurs within the classroom and in life outside the school. The five categories and their respective sub-skills encompass what is needed for a learner in the 21st century. In this dynamic, fast evolving world we need people who are not just knowledgeable but are critical thinkers and problem solvers.

ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on and articulate the process of learning.

How is this ATL session a great learning opportunity for parents & teachers?

Teachers will be engaged in 2 full-day workshop with Mr. Lance King in order to support their ATL teaching practices.

The goal of the parent session is to allow parents to support their children’s learning at home by incorporating given skills in their daily routines, help them develop more resilience and achieve greater success at school. This can be enhanced by using the latest tools available to support 21st century skills learning.

For further information please refer to the documents attached.


Parent Session details

Date: March 9th, 2020 – Monday

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Venue: TNS Beaconhouse – DHA campus