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Read2write:  Black beauty

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This page updated:  7/15/2019

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Before You Read:

What kind of answer does the question want?

While it's important to know that you must ask EQs/CQs, it is equally important to what kind of information or learning a question is searching for.  This might sound silly, but we all know the feeling of sort-of knowing the answer to a question, but not knowing "enough" of the answer to make sense to others.


If you understand what kind of learned information a question is asking, you can use what you know to answer it, or you can continue to learn more so you HAVE the knowledge you need.


Believe it or not, questions give clues that can help you, if you know what to look for.  Let's look at the different levels of learning.

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The fancy name for these "levels" of learning is Bloom's Taxonomy.

In the 1950's, Dr. Benjamin Bloom discovered that the best way to understand something is to ask questions that required "simple" answers at first. Remembering (or recalling) is considered the simplest critical-thinking skill.


Then, as you gain more knowledge and experience, more difficult, critical-thinking questions could be asked to expand your understanding.  Understanding and Applying what you know takes more effort.


Finally, to uncover bigger, overarching ideas, Dr. Bloom believed you could ask the most difficult critical-thinking questions in creative ways.  Analysing, Evaluating, and Creating (or synthesizing) information, according to Dr. Bloom, are hardest levels of critical thinking.

Note:  The previous video and this diagram are different at the top of Bloom's Triangle.  Can you see it?

The top tiers sometimes are reversed, but don't let that trouble you.  Just remember, creating and evaluating are the highest levels of understanding you can have. 


The highest levels of Blooms ask the learner to "put themselves" into what they learned, which shows how deep the understanding has become.  (Parents:  How does this translate to an LBLD student?) 


We will learn about Bloom's levels by breaking them down over the course of several lessons.

Dr. Bloom would be very impressed by this next video.  In this video, two students show us just how deep their understanding is of Dr. Bloom's theory.  They use a scene from the movie Inside Out to explain each level.    Very creative! 


See if you can 

  • remember/recall Bloom's Levels by remembering each term in order,  

  • understand Bloom's Levels by comparing the definitions to the examples, 

  • apply what you know about Bloom's Levels to events in the scene from the movie, 

  • analyze each attempt by the characters to see how they escaped the abyss, 

  • evaluate why this scene in the movie is bittersweet, and 

  • create/synthesize a way to explain Bloom's Taxonomy to someone else.

Source:  Pineda, Josiah & Zayed Mustafa.  Accessed 7/15/2019.