DP -Approaches to Teaching

Approaches to Teaching

IBDP teachers will uncover the curriculum using the following six pedagogical principles that underpin all IB programmes:

  • Based on inquiry
  • Focused on conceptual understanding
  • Developed local and global contexts
  • Focused on teamwork and collaboration
  • Differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
  • Informed by assessment (formative and summative)


Teachers in the DP believe that the greater the student’s active engagement with the learning, the higher will be the level of knowledge acquisition and general cognitive development. They focus on exploring the various attributes of identity (who we are), thinking and questioning (wondering), cultural awareness (celebrating differences) , managing the self (being organised), collaboration (learning together) and communication (being human). They emphasize the process of knowing and learning how to learn, ensuring that students are given learning experiences that develop their Approaches to Learning (ATLs): thinking skills, communication skills, social skills, self-management skills and research skills.