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Understanding Bloom’s New (Revised) Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy is the oldest of the cognitive theories which I use to help frame many of my reviews for middle school kids. I use Bloom’s Taxonomy because his taxonomy has stood the test of time and research and is used by many educational professionals. It is practically impossible to become a teacher without learning about Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Generally speaking, the higher middle school kids move on the taxonomy (or pyramid) the more intellectually difficult the task becomes. Keep in mind, however, that many intellectual activities undertaken by middle school kids will involve several different levels of the taxonomy.

Please also note that kids do not have to progress from the lower levels of the hierarchy before they can do anything on the upper levels of the hierarchy. A learning taxonomy—such as Bloom’s—is not purely developmental nor is it sequential. It is an explanation of the different types of thinking in which middle school kids partake.

No matter which learning taxonomy you like or use, the important thing is to make sure your middle school child’s brain is thinking in multiple ways, rather than relying on one or two thinking or learning processes.

Here are the links to useful websites which will help you understand Bloom’s New (Revised) cognitive taxonomy:

http://goo.gl/MQjNv

http://goo.gl/Pw9N05

http://goo.gl/YhuyME

If you enjoy lots of visuals, the website listed below may help. There are a multitude of visual pictures of Bloom’s New (Revised) taxonomy on this website. Note: There will also be visuals of Bloom’s original taxonomy, which he developed in 1956:

http://goo.gl/ZZuGwt

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