THINK about this:

As you learn new content, skills and procedures, how do you KNOW when you really KNOW them? Bloom's Taxonomy is a helpful tool of self-monitoring your thinking. It outlines 6 levels of thinking that we go through as we master learning. You can use it to set goals, evaluate your learning and deepen your learning.

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When we explore new ideas, we should start at the bottom of this taxonomy by remembering and understanding new terms and concepts. Once we feel comfortable with this new information, then we can apply it by fitting it into a discussion or testing out an equation, for example. Then we can analyze the parts of this new information. Then, when we REALLY know it, we can evaluate someone else's thoughts about this idea. Finally, we know that we have truly learned something when we can create something new with this knowledge. With some new concepts, you may move up the taxonomy quite quickly. You may also find that levels of the taxonomy often blend and overlap. You may also realize that you could spend an entire lifetime moving up through the taxonomy with other skills - it is a rigorous process. For example, it will take me quite a while to get to the point at which I can create my own songs to play on the guitar. I have been taking lessons for two months and am still using the lower order thinking skills. I'll get there eventually! Check out this site for a more in-depth explanation of the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy:

One innovative mind has matched digital skills with Bloom's Taxonomy and laid them out in a flowchart style image. This "version" of Bloom's Taxonomy will be very useful to us as we utilize digital tools to enhance our learning. Check it out:


If you want to check out the article that explains the Digital Taxonomy, go to this site:

Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally

THINK about this:
There are useful guidelines of effective brainstorming that promote creative thinking. I find that brainstorming is most effective when I remember

Quantity! (the more ideas the better)
Piggybacking is Encouraged (build off others' ideas)
Freewheeling is Encouraged (no idea is too outlandish)
Avoid Criticism (commenting and evaluating ideas comes after initial brainstorming)

There are plenty of wonderful tools out there that encourage effective brainstorming. One of my favorites is the SCAMPER technique. Take an object or concept and go through each level of SCAMPER to push your thinking outside of the box:

S - substitute
C - combine
A - adapt
M - modify
P - put to another use
E - eliminate
R - reverse/rearrange

Check out this website for an explanation of how to use this technique: SCAMPER