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So, in an effort to promote metacognitive thinking... um... or something, I decided to try something new this year. I've posted a chart of Bloom's Taxonomy on the back wall of my classroom.
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Each time one of my classes completes a new activity, we discuss it briefly, and place it on the Bloom's pyramid. 

Activities for my 7th grade classes are posted on the left-hand side of the chart on green paper. The 8th grade gets blue paper and the right-hand side of the pyramid.

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While my students aren't quite clear yet on what kind of activities fall into which category, my hope is that as the year goes by, they'll get more familiar with this concept and eventually I'll be able to assign Bloom's levels to project rubrics - "This project must show at least an Evaluating level of learning" - that sort of thing.

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And I have to say, I'm pleased by the sight of how many Bloom's domains we've touched on so early in the year.

10/11/2010 19:13:43

I LOVE this--it is a fantastic idea to have this on your wall for the kids to see how their work ranks on the taxonomy scale. Great job!

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10/13/2010 11:37:47

Love the idea of actually posting projects that you have done on the taxonomy for students to see. I did similar with my students, it got them thinking about what and how they were learning in my class but also helped me to focus on what and how I was teaching.

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10/13/2010 11:50:41

LOVE this idea!

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3/10/2011 04:03:25

Thanks for sharing this. this is where I'm heading. We've had a recent discussion in class as many of them just don't get how they address the higher level tasks. As Kelly says this will also help me to clarify my thinking & planning. I'm thinking of displaying Kelly's Bloom's peacock & pinwheel if she doesn't mind :-0

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