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An Integrated
Approach to

Learning, Teaching
& Assessment
Post-Primary Resource

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Service for Teachers

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Please cite as: PDST, An Integrated Approach to Learning, Teaching &
Assessment, Dublin, 2017

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An Integrated Approach to Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Table of Contents
Introduction 4
Key Skills of Junior Cycle 5
Gradual Release of Responsibility Model 6
Methodologies to Support an Integrated Approach to Teaching and Learning 7
Dale’s Cone of Experience 8
Learning Styles – what does the research say? 9
Multiple Intelligences – what does the research say? 10
Differentiation and Multiple Intelligences – Project Suggestions 11
Carpet Patch 12
Differentiation: Classroom Walkthrough Checklist 13
Differentiated Instruction 14
Academic Contracts 15
Ongoing, Formative and Summative Assessment 16
Literacy 20
Sample Cross-curricular Active Literacy Strategies 21
Bloom’s Taxonomy 23
Sample Key Examination Words 26
Latin & Greek Roots and Affixes 30
Anticipation Exercises 35
How to Mind Map 40
Using Writing Frames 41
Numeracy 47
Classroom Discussion Approach to Problem Solving 55
Problem Solving Strategy 56
Working with Others 57
Key Skills of Junior Cycle 58
Key Skills of Senior Cycle 59
Co-operative Learning 60
Role of Teacher in Co-operative Learning Groups 61
Social Skills needed for Group Work 63
Role of Student in Co-operative Learning Groups 67
Using Co-operative Learning to Prevent Behaviour Problems 70
Placemat Activity 73
Jigsaw Method 77
Using the Little Book 79
Working with Others Progress Card 81
Junior & Senior Cycle Key Skills 82
Inquiry-based Model 88
Inquiry-based Learning – Tips for Teachers 89
Team Teaching 92
The 6-Step School Self-Evaluation Process For Post-Primary Sschools 93

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An Integrated Approach to Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Informed by Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life – The National Strategy to Improve Literacy
and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020 and the School Self-evalutation
Guidelines, this booklet contains practical examples of how teachers can use differentiated active
learning methodologies, inquiry-based approaches to learning and ongoing assessment to enhance the
key skills of literacy, numeracy and working with others.

According to the Senior Cycle Key Skills Framework, NCCA, 2009, “the ability to think critically and
creatively, innovate and adapt to change, to work independently and in a team, and to be a reflective
learner are prerequisites for life and for the workplace in the 21st century. In line with international
trends and influenced by the Lisbon strategy and the OECD DeSeCo (Defining and Selecting Key
Competencies) initiative, a framework of key skills has been developed as part of the curric

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