The learning pyramid: towards inclusive teaching

The learning pyramid: towards inclusive teaching

The learning pyramid can be used in an inclusive teaching perspective, which takes into account the difficulties of students with SLD.

The learning pyramid can be used in an inclusive teaching perspective, which takes into account the learning difficulties of students with SLD.

Valentina Secchi, Learning Technician of a specialist After-School, tells us her point of view.

Distance learning (DAD) or face-to-face teaching?

This is the problem and the Hamletic doubt that plagues teaching in this period. Due to the pandemic, traditional teaching has been and still is put to the test. However, for students with specific learning disabilities (SLD), teaching has been under discussion for some time in favor of so-called inclusive teaching.

But what does inclusive education mean?

In my opinion it is the teaching that leaves no one behind, that welcomes everyone and allows everyone to express their characteristics. In fact it is not a simple thing, I often identify with the teachers and I think: "But how do you transmit a teaching in an effective and inclusive way?" After various speculations on the subject, I thought that effective teaching, perhaps, must take into account the alliance with the children. Teachers cannot forget this aspect.

The learning pyramid

Great attention should also be given to the learning pyramid. Today too often the school focuses on its base, which is the ability to memorize and remember information. This means that the school tests and judges the children only on the execution of elementary learning that can also be managed by machines, by computers.

However, little or nothing is done to stimulate students towards higher learning in the pyramid: starting from the ability to understand, apply and analyze information to then evaluate, judge and express reasoned opinions. Superior learning where, coincidentally, the Decidedly Super Charming excel.

We often hear from teachers that they do not know how to evaluate our children with SLD because with compensatory tools (such as concept maps) they cannot understand whether they have studied or not. But if a verification or a query can be put in check by a concept map, I wonder then, what is the verification evaluating? Maybe the elementary aspects? The learning behind the pyramid?

And if the answer is yes, why does the school continue to evaluate in this way, in the face of a well-established use of technology (even more so now that we talk so much about DAD) that can easily solve these questions?

If we really want to "raise the bar" and have a quality school, why don't we begin to evaluate higher learning levels such as critical analysis, problem solving and creativity?

Valentina Secchi

Afterschool D + Definitely Super Fascinating – Milan

To learn more about the subject of tests and questions for students with SLD, read this article!

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