The Creating or Synthesis level (Bloom’s Taxonomy) reflects an output. A student understands how something works and uses or incorporates that information in creating a new idea.
We often see this when our children build that better mousetrap — invent their own contraption, write their own book on a favorite subject, or compose an original work.
There are a variety of ways to encourage creating. In verb form:
Here are a variety of activities you can use for the Creating or Synthesis level:
- Perform an original play based on a historic event.
- Invent a character to use in a story of your own.
- Develop your own science project.
- Write a speech.
- Draw an original artistic composition.
- Compose an original musical composition.
- Write an original news story regarding a current event.
The Natural Application
When allowed the time to spend with a favorite interest, an output is nearly a foregone conclusion. When enough goes in, something will invariably come out.
Now that you have determined your child’s interest, provided him with books on his favorite subject, asked him to tell you about his subject in his own words, watched him apply what he has learned, had him deconstruct his interest, and encouraged him to evaluate what he has learned, it is time to see the fruit.
What form will this output take? The sky is the limit. Typically, our outputs reflect our personalities. Artists draw, writers write, scientifically-minded individuals prepare technical reports, musicians compose, and actors perform. This is where our talents and skills have an opportunity to shine — and a platform (knowledge base) upon which to work.