Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning identifies three domains of learning; Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor, we will specifically focus on the Cognitive Domain. The Cognitive Doman involves knowledge and the development of intellectual skills. There are six major categories beginning with Remembering and moving through Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and ending with Creating. For the most part, the categories can be thought of as degrees of difficulties. In short, one must be mastered before the next one can take place.
What does it mean to differentiate our instruction? According to Carol Ann Tomlinson’s article, “What is Differentiated Instruction?” It is consists of at the most basic level, “the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. Whenever a teacher reaches out to an individual or small group to vary his or her teaching in order to create the best learning experience possible, that teacher is differentiating instruction.”
Taking into consideration differentiation is the, “response to variance among learners” and Bloom’s is the development of intellectual skills, we at Gateway to 21 often utilize them together in our work with students. We created a Bloom’s Taxonomy/Critical Thinking Matrix (BTCT Matrix) as a leveling tool with corresponding questions aligned to both Bloom’s and elements of critical thought. This resource can be enlarged and displayed in your class, laminated and used as placemats for students or simply kept in the students reading folders as a reference for literature circle discussions.
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