Bloom’s Taxonomy provides an important framework for teachers to use to focus on higher order thinking. This refers to types of learning that require more cognitive processing than others, but also have more generalized benefits, such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation of content rather than just knowledge and comprehension. By providing a hierarchy of levels, this taxonomy can assist teachers in exploring and evidencing students’ current learning.
Type of assessment
Formative assessment explores students’ learning development during the process; it is a form of feedback, reflection and quality assurance.
How to Use
The image on the next page provides suggested prompt questions and key words for each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
When to Use
Use these when designing classroom tasks, crafting questions for student discussions, and providing feedback on student work.
References and additional information
Regier, Natalie (2012) Book Three: Summative Assessment – 50 Ways to Gather Evidence of Student Learning. Regier Educational Resources. Available from https://gssdelementarymath.wikispaces.com/file/view/Book+Three.pdf.