Courses in design help students to develop key Approaches to Learning (ATL) that lead to success and enjoyment in MYP projects. In this subject group, students have opportunities to practice important ATL skills, especially creativity and communication. Creating novel solutions to authentic problems and designing improvements to existing products are essential aspects of design. All MYP units of work offer these opportunities. ATL skills provide valuable support for students working to meet the subject group’s aims and objectives. (Design Guide 2014, n.d.)

Depending upon the resources available, technology is used wherever appropriate:

  1. as a means of expanding students’ knowledge of the world in which they live
  2. as a channel for developing concepts and skills
  3. as a powerful communication tool.

Students’ Understanding about ATLs in Design:

Depending upon the resources available, technology is used wherever appropriate:

  1. as a means of expanding students’ knowledge of the world in which they live
  2. as a channel for developing concepts and skills
  3. as a powerful communication tool.

Students’ Understanding about ATLs in Design:

Tania (MYP 5)…this has improved my social skills…eportfolio…”
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Kyungah (MYP 4)“…this unit has improved self-management skills and understanding about design cycle….”
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Armaan (MYP 3)“…this unit has improved communication skills and feedback has improved….”
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Tia (MYP 3)In the subject of Design this academic year, I have applied Self-Management ATL skills. Breaking down the previously learned Design Cycle into four different documentations, I have worked (with the guidance of the teacher) to successfully meet deadlines and reflect accordingly. I have also tried to maintain a focused attitude and manage stress by working efficiently in class. Our unit focuses on using and creating products in Microsoft Excel. My product this year is focused on helping a Middle-Class family be more self-reliant and managed when it comes to finances. Creating a product that allows them to make well-informed decisions for long-term and short-term benefit.
Pranjal (MYP 2)While doing the first Summative Assessment assigned in Design, I think I had to use a lot of my Creative Thinking skills, specifically “Consider multiple alternatives, including those that might be unlikely or impossible,” and “Create original works and ideas; use existing works and ideas in new ways”,” since we were given an example of a situation, and we had to change it so that we had different ideas that work in the same way. We had to think of how the situation we chose could apply to the solution and product that was already chosen, using Excel to organize data better. The situation and problem I chose, is how an NGO manager is having trouble organizing the different people that come through their NGO, the donations they receive, and the money they make. The solution is that she will be using an excel spreadsheet to sort her data into different tabs, using formats, functions, and formulas to make the information clear and efficiently done.
Andrea (MYP 1)In the subject of Design this year I have employed thinking ATL skills using the previously learned design cycle into different documentations like PowerPoint and Word. I have worked with the help of my teacher to achieve deadlines and tasks on time. I have been keeping my focus to learning and managing stress by working smart in class. Our unit focuses on learning about the design cycle and at the moment I have been creating question that develop into critical thinking as a designer for my clients and their problems. I have been working on questions that are appropriate for the occasion and could lead to bigger things. 
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