Saturday, June 13, 2009
Applying Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's taxonomy, originally created by Benjamin Bloom, classifies levels of intellectual learning that are commonly found in a classroom setting. Bloom's taxonomy contains three domains. These domains are the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective.
Along with these domains Benjamin Bloom identified six levels that are known as Bloom's taxonomy. These levels from highest to lowest are: evaluation, synthesis, analysis, application, comprehension, and knowledge.
Many educators use these levels to aid in the creation of lesson plans and lesson objectives. Educators are aware that the higher you go on Bloom's taxonomy the more cognitive demand increases. Students who are challenged cognitively are more likely to retain information and develop a deeper understanding of the material presented.
As useful tool for creation of objectives is located on Teachers On The Web's site. This site contains a table for each level of Bloom's taxonomy. Each table displays useful verbs, sample question stems, and potential activities and products. This is a useful tool that educators can use to help in the creation of lesson that are higher cognitively demanding.
For more web based resources related to Bloom's Taxonomy visit the Teacher Tap site.