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MYP & DP ATL: Command Terms

Approaches to Learning

MYP command terms define a range of learning objectives and assessment criteria in MYP subject groups.

These instructional verbs indicate the level of thinking and type of performance (or behaviour) that is required of students. They are closely related to general and subject-specific ATL skills, and they make explicit a shared academic vocabulary that informs teaching and learning in the MYP.

Source: MYP From Principles to Practice (2014)

A Common Language of Teaching & Learning

A common language of teaching and learning helps learners transfer knowledge, skills and concepts. A shared understanding can help in horizontal and vertical articulation. We can put the command terms to work in many contexts:

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment
  • ATL Skills development & reflection
  • Service Learning, Action Projects & Personal Project

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