Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
ATL Self-Assessment

In 2017, to complement Provincial curriculum changes, the BC Ministry of Education introduced the Core Competencies of Thinking, Communication and Personal/Social Responsibility. These are broad-based sets of proficiencies that enable students to engage in deep and life-long learning. In the International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in North Vancouver, these proficiencies are integrated into the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills.

The ATL are a focus in the units of inquiry, as well as subject specific learning, and help students identify how they learn and how they can enhance their learning. Throughout the year, students regularly identify and assess their strengths and  establish goals to support their progress and growth. In addition to these ongoing unit Self- Assessments, students complete an annual summative Self-Assessment. This Self-Assessment is a strength-based reflection connected to curriculum covered over the course of the year and is not teacher evaluated or graded. The focus is on their learning journey – what students are most proud of and areas for future growth.  Further information can be found at

Carson Graham Students will assess themselves in regards to the following ATL Skills: self-management, communication, thinking, social and research. To assist, they will have access to a list of ATL Profile Statements. This year, Carson students in grades 10 and 12 will address their Self-Assessment through Distributed Learning Courses (Planning/Careers 10 and Graduation transitions/Planning 12). Students in grades 8, 9 and 11 will address the Self-Assessment through their classes at Carson.

Once students have completed the Self-Assessment, parents will receive an email on how to access their child's Self-Assessment through Managebac, our IB student information system. Parents may wish to discuss the Self-Assessment process with their child by asking open-ended questions about their development in the ATL. We encourage parents to have a conversation with their child about "why" and "how" they generated their conclusions and how the evidence they chose supports their reflections. To assist parents, we have generated a series of question prompts on the ATL.


* Please see below for an alignment chart that connects the Core Competencies to the MYP Approaches to Learning:

MYP – Approaches to Learning​BC – Core Competencies​

Communication Skills

  • Through interaction
  • Through language

Connect and engage with others

Acquire (research), interpret and present


Explain, recount and reflect


Information Literacy Skills

Media Literacy Skills

SocialCollaboration Skills​​
​​Social Responsibility                                              

Contributing to community/environment

Problem solving

Valuing diversity

Building relationships


Organization Skills

Affective Skills

  • Manage your own state of mind

Reflection Skills

Personal Awareness and Responsibility


Self –regulation


​​Positive Personal and Cultural Identity

Relationships and cultural contexts

Personal strengths, abilities, values and choices

​Critical Thinking Skills

Creative Thinking Skills


​Creative Thinking
​Novelty and value

Generating ideas

Developing ideas

​​Critical Thinking
​Analyze and critique

Question and investigate

Develop and design