How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in Class

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How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in Class
Research shows that lower-level questioning is not the most effective in moving students to higher order thinking. (question mark 3 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

Bloom's Taxonomy is based on progressive learning; a system of learning levels that assess the student's understanding of content area learning objectives. The levels of Bloom's Taxonomy are knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. This system can be used across all grade levels and content areas. This system is a tool used by teachers to assess student learning through multiple learning modalities. Teachers integrate this system in the classroom by utilising specific verbs designated for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy in questioning and lesson planning.

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    Develop questions based on the knowledge level of Bloom's Taxonomy by inserting verbs such as list, define, tell, and how many. For example, can you list all of the planets in the solar system?

  2. 2

    Form questions on the comprehension level of Bloom's taxonomy by inserting verbs such as describe, identify, predict and differentiate. For example, can you describe at least two characteristics of each planet in the solar system?

  3. 3

    Form questions on the application level of Bloom's taxonomy by inserting verbs such as apply, classify, demonstrate and examine. For example, how can you classify each of the planets based on their physical characteristics?

  4. 4

    Create questions on the analysis level of Bloom's Taxonomy by inserting verbs such as compare, separate and analyse. For example, how would you compare Neptune and Saturn?

  5. 5

    Form questions on the synthesis level of Bloom's Taxonomy by inserting verbs such as invent, design and create. For example, how would you design a model of mars?

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    Create questions for the evaluation level of Bloom's Taxonomy by inserting verbs such as assess, measure, conclude and summarise. For example, how would you measure the distances between each planet model of the solar system?

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    Develop lesson plans by inserting the different verbs for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy in the learning objectives for each subject taught. For example, the students will be able to list the planets of the solar system.

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    Establish classroom activities that align with the knowledge and comprehension levels of Bloom's Taxonomy by giving students worksheets that require the students recall information and explain their understanding of the subject matter.

  3. 3

    Form classroom activities that move students to the application and analysis level of Blooms Taxonomy by using lab activities such as science experiments or writing assignments.

  4. 4

    Use classroom activities that help students to experience both the synthesis and evaluation levels of Bloom's Taxonomy by requiring students to constructing a special project and evaluating the project using a project rubric.

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