Bloom N Onion

This blog is geared toward old people. Let me clarify that. This blog is geared toward people who learned about Bloom’s taxonomy before 2001. The bulk of my Bloom’s knowledge came from the triangle that looks like this:

oldest bloom

The newest Blooms information looks like this:


One of the greatest ideas I have heard is that you don’t have to start at the bottom. That blew my mind. Don’t we have to teach the basics, scaffolding along the way, hoping to find something to apply or possibly analyze? If we had time we would work on synthesis which I still don’t really understand the true definition of. Evaluation was rarely ever reached in my schooling.

Now we can start right at the top with creating. Let me give you an example in the world of physical education. Here is an example of a lesson I did this year:

Create and videotape a game where you use the skill of the overhand serve. Everyone in your group has to have a chance to use the overhand serve during the game. Upload the video to SeeSaw when it is done. We will demonstrate and play the games starting next class.

Using this setup the students will be forced understand what the overhand serve is. (especially when I give them the link to the youtube video demonstrating and explaining it) They will then use this newly acquired (in most cases) knowledge to apply the skill when they video tape the game. After the videotaping is finished they will have to make sure they have performed the skill properly (analyzing form). In this scenario evaluation will come into play when they are figuring out the rules of the game.

This is a much different way to teach the overhand serve than my direct instruction. This isn’t a smack down of the oldest and sometimes most efficient and effective way of teaching. I use direct instruction as one of my numerous pedagogical approaches in my classroom. This is just another way to incorporate student choice and voice into my class while still teaching the standards.

Q1: Can Bloom’s work direct instruction? #slowchatpe

Q2: What is the most important level of Bloom’s to you? #slowchatpe

Q3: How do you use creation in your class? #slowchatpe

Q4: How do students analyze in your class? #slowchatpe

Q5: How does a student’s culture hurt or help creation? #slowchatpe



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