Most of us realize that we want our children and students to be able to get more than the basic facts when it comes to their education. In fact, the only education a child receives is the one he obtains for himself. So we really want our children to learn how to learn. One way to achieve that goal is incorporate or assess their learning based on Bloom’s taxonomy.
Developed by Dr. Benjamin Bloom in 1956, Bloom’s taxonomy was designed to help educators move beyond a focus on rote learning by advancing through six categories of higher-level thinking.
Bloom’s original model has since been modified by a former student to make it easier to apply by focusing on action verbs — activities we can see.
So how do we use this information?
Let’s say I’m going to write a paper on my favorite topic. This is one example illustrating a way I might use this information to create a broad and interesting article:
- List the facts I find from initial research on a topic.
- Paraphrase or rewrite those facts in a way that synthesizes the information.
- Illustrate the information with examples pulled from my own experiences.
- Analyze the information providing my own observations and criticisms.
- Generate a plan that addresses each critique or point of criticism.
- Conclude by estimating the value or benefits of my improvements.
Our Bloom’s and Critical Thinking series works through the entire taxonomy showing how these concepts can work within a natural learning model. In particular, when encouraging our children to pursue their own interests as the foundation of a rich learning experience.
We have updated our Bloom’s & Critical Thinking Series. Enjoy!