Ask any recent college of education graduate about Bloom’s Taxonomy, and they will most likely list the hierarchy of verbs associated with the “new” Bloom’s Taxonomy Pyramid and possibly describe a couple of question stems that fit within each category. Asking higher order thinking skills (HOTS) questions takes planning and practice – I personally found that asking better questions and giving appropriate time to process and reflect on higher level questions took a few years to develop.
I have a great Foldable graphic organizer to share with you that builds in Bloom’s levels and helps students chunk information throughout a lesson. The graphic organizer is a basic four door book foldable and is applicable to any subject area or topic.
As the lesson begins, students are asked a remembering question to activate prior knowledge. They answer the question inside the first flap of their foldable. As the lesson progresses, students stop every so often to synthesize the information through questions that increase in Bloom’s Taxonomy levels. Using this graphic organizer in my classroom forced me to stop and think about how to chunk the information for my students, and I had to really think about the purpose of the lesson so that I could ask appropriate questions.
The example below shows questions that I ask student teachers during a presentation on formative assessment. You can see how the levels build along with the presentation!
To assess student understanding of the lesson, the foldable can be collected at the end of class and reviewed by the teacher. I have found that this lesson tool provides great assessment data at the end of a class period, and it’s easy to determine which students need extra support or challenge based on their answers to the questions. I knew whether students understood the material presented, and I made adjustments to the next day’s lesson based on the level of understanding.
This foldable can be used in any subject area as a formative assessment tool, and new and veteran teachers could benefit from the data gained from it. Do you have a great graphic organizer that helps you incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy into your lesson?