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In a previous post you may have watched our Grade One student, Maiia, explain Bloom’s Taxonomy and how she applies it to her learning in class. We thought we might help you understand a little more about why we use Bloom’s Taxonomy at Kingsgate to accelerate learning.
“Bloom’s Taxonomy” is one of those education terms that some parents may not be familiar with, however, it is very important to our Kingsgate community. It is a central concept with learning activities that can help your child expand their critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills allow a child to think independently, find and fix mistakes, solve problems, evaluate alternatives, and reflect on their own beliefs. It’s not something that can be learned from traditional learning methods alone, including reading a book or completing a worksheet. The skills are built through hands-on lessons that build beyond basic rote memorisation of facts and content.
Bloom’s Taxonomy identifies and provides learning levels to increase children’s depth of thinking skills. The way a teacher talks to and challenges a child, engages them in learning; it can be even more powerful when children understand it and apply it independently. We generally consider Bloom’s Taxonomy to have six levels.
Remember & Understand
The Remember and Understand levels are where most traditional teachers and parents typically ask questions of their children. This includes questions that involve who, what, where, when, and why. Basically, the child just needs to memorise the information and then recall it in ways that prove they remember and understand it.
Apply & Analyse
At the Apply and Analyse levels children take the basic information they understand and then use it. For example, a teacher might ask the student to predict what might happen next in a story or to predict what would happen if you made a change to the story. A child could also write a sequel to a story explaining how it might begin. The child might illustrate a math word problem or draw a scene from their favorite part of a story they are reading. It is at these stages we commonly consider activities that “compare and contrast,” argued by many to be a teaching strategy that is most effective in learning retention.
Evaluate & Create
At the Evaluate and Create levels a child would be asked to not only use and apply the information but it would become the basis for debate and discussion at a much higher depth. They might work in groups, write reflective summaries , make decisions and challenge unique situations. A child might create something new or come up with their very own creative project that is inspired by the new knowledge in ways that takes learning even further.
Kingsgate International School is proud of the fact that we apply best practice teaching and learning strategies such as Bloom’s Taxonomy in our classrooms. It has very quickly become part of our school culture.
Contact us now to find out how your child can take advantage of these initiatives.