The most valuable information I got out of this module have been the activities associated with Bloom’s Taxonomy. When I was teaching I taught more at the Knowledge, Understand, and Apply levels. The top three areas, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation, did not appear too often. We would orally discuss higher-level questions as a class, but rarely did they show up on assignments or tests.
We, as teachers, need to be more aware of the logical and lateral skills being taught. With Common Core becoming implemented in the majority of the states, teachers need to think of more questions at the higher-levels so the students can develop the critical thinking skills necessary to move onto the next level of understanding. On my journey back to the classroom, this really opens my eyes to how I need to approach and change my teaching methods. To do this I will incorporate higher-level questioning from Bloom’s Taxonomy in my lesson planning. It will be a conscious effort to include questions as part of assignments, journal writing, experimentation, cooperative learning projects, and assessments.