Bloom's Taxonomy and the HOTS (higher-order thinking skills)

In your lesson plans, you are strongly encouraged to design instruction that encourages students' higher-order thinking skills. Try to design in such a way that student are applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Let's get them to do more than remember and understand.

If you are unfamiliar with Bloom's Taxonomy, I suggest you read the Wikipedia article Taxonomy of Educational Objectives for a quick overview or Atherton's page on Bloom's .

In this class, when we say "Bloom's Taxonomy," we are only referring to the cognitive domain (there are also the affective and psychomotor domains).

I like Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, because it takes the same taxonomy but uses a more straightforward language (in my opinion).

Below is a poster that summarizes Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.

Read this document on Scribd: one page poster

Below is the "Cognitive Taxonomy Circle," a resource you may find helpful for designing objectives and activities. Just start in the center with your Bloom's level and work your way outwards.

If you want to have students create something as a result of or during instruction, you can select appropriate verbs from the "create" pie piece.

For instance,
"the student will produce a short commercial with the purpose to persuade."