Our Bloom’s & Critical Thinking series looks at how we can incorporate each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy when pulling together our own studies.
We want to make sure our children can do more than recall basic facts — the lower order cognitive skills. We want them to be stretched to understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create! Bloom!
This is easy to accomplish naturally by allowing our children time to investigate their individual interests — thoroughly.
By using the chart, we can make sure our children are incorporating critical thinking skills — particularly useful when we pull together our own studies.
The Remembering or Knowledge level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) involves bringing to mind the information to be recalled.
The Understanding level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) encompasses the ability to take in information, understand it, and be able to restate the information in our own words.
The Applying level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) reflects the ability to apply what has been learned, or to use the information learned in a new way.
The Analyzing level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) reflects the ability to break a whole into parts, to understand how the parts relate to one another or are organized.
The Evaluating level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) reflects the ability to apply judgment, determine the value of something, or justify a position.
The Creating level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) reflects an understanding of how something works and uses that information to create.