Bloom’s new taxonomy

The title of this post is taken from a section of David Warlick’sExploring the Future of Schooling in Windsor” post, in which he includes a table of Blooms new taxonomy, which I’ve reproduced below.

Blooms New Taxonomy
Creating assemble, construct, create, design, develop, formulate, write.
Evaluating appraise, argue, defend, judge, select, support, value, evaluate
Analyzing appraise, compare, contrast, criticize, differentiate, discriminate, distinguish, examine, experiment, question, test.
Applying choose, demonstrate, dramatize, employ, illustrate, interpret, operate, schedule, sketch, solve, use, write.
Understanding classify, describe, discuss, explain, identify, locate, recognize, report, select, translate, paraphrase
Remembering define, duplicate, list, memorize, recall, repeat, reproduce state

Another thing he says in his post is that “Learning is a lifestyle”. I’ve been thinking about learning as a type of focused curiosity that we all have, and David’s suggestion that it’s a lifestyle adds another facet to that idea. When I think of the word “studying”, it seems like a chore or an unpleasant task I have to endure. Being curious and trying to find the answers to meaningful questions seems like a more agreeable way to think about it. The perception among many of my students is that studying is hard work and something to be avoided, which is why I’m trying to think of ways to get them curious about answering questions that are important to them.