What are the approaches to learning (ATL)? ATL are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and learning environment. ATL supports the IB belief that a large influence on a student’s education is not only what you learn but also how you learn. Teaching students how to learn has always been a part of IB teaching, but now the IB is providing more explicit support for teaching these skills, aligning the Diploma Program (DP) with the IB Career-related Program (CP). Focus on ATL will improve the quality of teaching and learning across the programs and may result in more engaged teachers and students. These approaches to learning are applied not only to students in the IB program, but to students pursuing their Associate of Arts degree, as well as to 9th and 10th graders as they prepare to enter one of the above programs during their junior year.