Ignite Middle School Approaches to Learning

Ignite Middle School Approaches to Learning

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist using technologies that haven’t yet been invented in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

—​ ​Richard​ ​Riley

To prepare for the demands of the 21st century, students need to be able to compete in a world that does not only value academic success but also adaptability. The assessment of students’ Approaches to Learning (ATL) looks towards a transferable, practical skill-set that enables them to face the challenges ahead,​ ​in​ ​any​ ​given​ ​situation.

Approaches to Learning are most powerful when teachers and students engage with them in connection with content knowledge in order to develop transferable understanding. ​Students should not just graduate from Ignite School being able to demonstrate knowledge and fluency in a range of disciplines, but should take with them skills enabling​ ​them​ ​to​ ​succeed​ ​in​ ​all​ ​environments.

Beyond responding to the emerging demands of the 21st century, Ignite School is committed to leading the way where student achievement is both recognized and stimulated while actively honoring and respecting the customs of our host country, the United Arab Emirates. In order to develop skills that facilitate effective and meaningful learning, students need models, clear expectations and multiple opportunities to practice. Teachers should provide students with regular, specific feedback on the development​ ​of​ ​the approaches to learning​ ​through​ ​learning​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​formative​ ​assessments.

Ignite School believes that effective learners are able to demonstrate:


Self-​​Management​ ​Skills Time Management

●      Students​ ​are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​manage​ ​themselves  and their time, including family  responsibilities, schoolwork, and extracurricular activities​

●      Uses class time wisely whether working

independently or collaboratively


●      Organizes​ ​material​ ​and​ ​supplies

●      Is​ ​well​ ​prepared​ ​for​ ​class

●      Completes​ ​assigned​ ​work​ ​in​ ​an​ ​organized​

and timely manner


●      Pays​ ​attention​ ​in​ ​class​ ​and​ ​is​ ​an​ ​active​


●      Follows​ ​the​ ​code​ ​of​ ​behavior

Collaboration​ ​and Social​ ​Skills Takes Responsibility for Oneself

●      Students​ ​contribute​ ​and​ ​take​ ​ownership​ ​of

their work as part of a collaborative group

●      Respects​ ​self​ ​and​ ​school​ ​learning​


●      Demonstrates​ ​honesty

●      Acts​ ​in​ ​an​ ​ethical​ ​manner

●      Student​ ​provides​ ​leadership

Helps the Team

●      At​ ​a​ ​team​ ​level,​ ​students​ ​resolve​ ​conflict​ ​and effectively create and commit to shared group goals

Respects Others

●      ​Are​ ​engaged,​ ​shows​ ​understanding​ ​and​ ​

respect when working in groups

●      Students​ ​utilize​ ​each​ ​other’s​ ​strengths​ ​and​ ​try​ new approaches and ideas

Critical Thinking Skills ●      Student​ ​inquire,​ ​reasons,​ ​and​ ​evaluates​    ​

information effectively

●      Student​ ​observes​ ​and​ ​analyzes​ ​how​ ​parts​

of a whole interact to produce overall

outcomes in complex systems

●      Student​ ​thinks​ ​about​ ​problems​ ​from​

multiple perspectives and understand they

can be solved using different strategies

●      Student​ ​analyzes​ ​their​ ​own​ ​and​ ​others’​

thought processes, thinking about how

one thinks and one learns

●      Student​ ​takes​ ​initiative​ ​in​ ​making​ ​

reasoned, ethical decisions

Communication Skills ●      Student​ ​expresses​ ​him/herself​ ​confidently​

and creatively in many linguistic and

non-linguistic ways

●      Student​ ​is​ ​an​ ​active​ ​listener​ ​and​ ​responds​

appropriately to the perspective of others

●      Student​ ​asks​ ​for​ ​assistance​ ​when​ ​needed



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