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Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain (a fancy term for six critical thinking skills) has been around for a very long time and is still taught as part of educational pedagogy in most colleges and universities across the USA. Although many educators and trainers are familiar with Bloom’s, the percentage of them that deliberately design courses and programs using Bloom’s is probably quite small. Why?
Let’s face it: It’s challenging and time-consuming to create courses and programs that give learners opportunities to use all six critical thinking skills instead of just one or two. Want to test learners to see how well they recall facts you’ve taught them? That’s easy: just give them a pencil-and-paper test and they will have used the first of the six thinking skills – remembering. Have them explain the facts to someone else and they will have used the second thinking skill – understanding.
From there, it gets more difficult to figure out what learners are really taking away with them from a class or training.
- Can they use the information in real-life situations? That’s the third thinking skill – applying.
- How about analyzing (fourth skill) the facts for missing information?
- Or evaluating (fifth skill) the facts to determine whether or not the information makes sense in different situations or circumstances?
- Or creating (sixth skill) new ways to use the information?
Why would you want to have learners use all of these six thinking skills when learning new content? There are many answers to this question, but I’ll just share two:
1. Learners will remember the content longer because they’ve spent time thinking more critically about the information.
2. Learners will be able to use the information you’ve taught them in more complex and meaningful ways in real-life situations.
Here is a short PDF-formatted slide presentation that will give you a humorous yet informative introduction to Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain: Gearing Up With Bloom’s. The slides will help any trainer or educator understand more about Bloom’s six critical thinking skills.
For the best impact, view it in full-screen mode and advance the slides by using your right arrow key. Enjoy!
Linda Lawson is a Master Certified Trainer who is also the Director of the Ida Thompson Child Development Program at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, now managed by Bright Horizons. Linda has served in many capacities in child care for the last 30 years. She fell in love with the field when she began teaching 3 year olds in her church’s preschool program.
1. What one word best describes your training style?
2. Where do you find inspiration for new and different training activities?
Other trainers and trainings, articles from the internet or early education magazines, and Sharon Bowman is the best resource ever!
3. In your trainer role, what’s your superpower?
Presenting information I feel passionate about.
4. What helps you stay organized and on schedule while training?
It is helpful to me to have the details in writing with times notated when I should finish one section and begin another – it serves as somewhat of a “map” for me.
Pair share – where they have to find a “matching” person to share information with.
6. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Honey Nut Cheerios because I am sweet and basic, nothing fancy.
7. What’s one item you take to every single training?
My “map”! (described above)
8. In your opinion, what’s the biggest challenge about training adults?
Giving them information they can use and will attend to – since they are required to be there and we usually have a variety of ages the teachers work with in attendance.
9. How would you like to improve as a trainer?
I would like to broaden my range of topics to cover in training.
10. What one piece of advice would you give to new trainers?
Know your subject but be prepared to go with the flow as the class “unfolds”.