This article is a part of the Pedagogy section on the "Philosophy" page. The intent of these articles is to help teachers use proven methods of teaching to improve student performance.
Bloom's Taxonomy has been designed to help you the teacher. As teachers our purpose is to take our students to a greater understandings. The best way to do that is to help your students experience meaningful learning.
Meaningful learning means that they did not just memorize information but they are able to apply that information in various situations as needed.
An easy way to get your students from learning information is to use bloom's taxonomy. The idea is that your students will apply the information that they learn to real life. If information is not accessed and used it is forgotten.
This is why we are able to teach basic math and language skills without much protest from students. They use basic math and basic language skills everyday, however we do not use advanced math and language concepts routinely so our students often wonder why it is needed. "Why do we have to learn this?"
Bloom's Taxonomy is a simple way to make our assignments make an impact on students. Use harder tasks or verbs when describing what the students need to know.
Your lesson plans should not say
... Students will be able to name the elements on the periodic table.
It should look more like:
.... Students will compare and contrast the elements on the periodic table.
It is one thing to know the elements name, but another to be able to explain what makes it different than the others.
This is a list of verbs that will help you determine appropriate expectations for students.