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Friday, June 22, 2012

A New Bloom's Taxonomy?

Fourteen more days to go. 
Two weeks.... 
brain is overloaded. 
Brain hurts. 

I am not sure I have any room left over in there so you all are just gonna have to study with me. =)

So Bloom's Taxonomy..... you all have heard of it, use it, and had it drilled into your brain during pedagogical classes. My cute brain has been "exposed" to it but now it is being "crammed full" of it. Bloom's classifies cognitive thinking skills. It has been revised to look like this:


But not all teacher's agree that the new model is correct.

Shelley Wright says we need a new Bloom's for the 21st Century. She agrees with the classifications but not the order. She wrote an amazing post on why it should be flipped to support brain-based research. She believes the model should look like this:


Kathy Shrock believes that both the regular and the flipped pyramid versions of Bloom is wrong. Bloom's is not a series of steps that one must take to reach the top or to be successfully but rather a set of interlocking cognitive processesworking together.


And then there is the ever popular Bloom's Wheel... I kinda like this one. It has all sorts of information. If only my brain were a camera and I could flip through images while taking the test.


So what are your thoughts on Bloom's? Is the revised model correct? Have you ever heard of these other models? Do we need a new model? Do we even need a model at all?

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