Bloom’s Strategy: Use Every Level

1. Use Every Level

There is nothing wrong with lower levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

Memorization is much-maligned as a waste of time that dumbs down student learning, and sure-fire evidence that teachers aren’t doing their jobs. But in reality the broader and more diverse a student’s knowledge background and schema are, the more fluidly they’ll be able to transition across the various levels of Bloom’s.

In short, the more ‘immediate access’ a student has to information, the more naturally they can not only apply that information at higher-levels of thinking, but also can initiate these kinds of actions on their own, making their own connections, identifying their own misunderstandings, and more fluidly transferring understanding to new and unfamiliar situations on their own.