In “Flipping Bloom’s Taxonomy“, Shelley Wright proposes that, in the 21st century, our students would benefit more by beginning with “Creating” and working their way to “Remembering”. She gives some great examples of how this can be applied in the classroom in her article. The concept seems to be both simple and revolutionary at the same time. Her final statement is that, “Blooms 21 actively places learning where it should be, in the hands of the learner.” If that is the result of this approach, it seems to me that it is well worth trying.
If you are trying to allow some of your students who are reading at a higher level to work independently, you might find these literature units helpful. There are only 6, but they include discussion guides written with Bloom’s Taxonomy in mind. Another great thing about these materials is that they were created by students. Not only could some of your students work through the units, but they could use them as examples for developing some of their own. While you are visiting Mrs. Sunda’s site, check out some of her other links. Many resources are given for teachers, including a link to a detailed article explaining the process behind the literature units.
The website describes its purpose best: “APPitic is an directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.”
On this site, you can browse for apps by: Preschool, Themes, Multiple Intelligences, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and Tools.
Each reviewed app of the over 1,300 gives a thorough description, and many have personal comments from the Apple Distinguished Educators who have used them in their own classroom settings.
APPitic is a good resource for teachers, especially when used along with some of the other app review sites mentioned in my Educational App Reviews post.
I came across this post, and thought it was intriguing. I know that I am often guilty of not giving my students enough time to reflect on their work. This is an interesting blend of Bloom’s Taxonomy and reflective questions. The post also includes questions for the teacher and the principal to use about their own practices. You can scroll to the bottom of the page for a basic understanding, or you can click on each of the links for more thorough explanations. Be sure to check out Peter Pappas’ Prezi, as it includes an entertaining clip from The Simpsons demonstrating an extremely non-reflective student!
This recently appeared in the Langwitches blog, and a fellow teacher shared it with me. It is similar to the Bloom’s Taxonomy Tech Pyramid I posted awhile ago, but this one sticks to iPad apps. Of course, there are new apps every week that would also be great to use at multiple levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This, however, is a great jumping off point, particularly for teachers who are just beginning to implement these devices in their classrooms.
Stick Pick is an iPhone/iPad app with great potential as a teacher tool. The teacher can add one or more classes within the app. To each class, the teacher adds individual student names, determining the type and level of questioning to use for each student from the following categories: Bloom’s Taxonomy, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, or ESL. Once all students are entered, their sticks appear in a cup from which the teacher can randomly or purposefully choose names. As each student is chosen, a list of question stems from their particular assigned level appears on the screen. This is a wonderful way for teachers to customize impromptu questions based on ability.