An Evolution of Bloom’s: Making It Real
Over the past three years, I have structured Instructional units with Bloom’s Taxonomy in mind. First, I utilized it with Reading, which produced results. Then, I created a Word Study cycle called “Phenomenal Word Power”, which also yielded positive outcomes (2.4 years growth).
Even with the success of the instructional approach, I wanted to take it to the next level, so I combined Bloom’s Taxonomy, DOK (Depth of Knowledge) and Real World activities.
Intro: Relatable Lessons
About two months ago, I created lessons with objectives, an instructional purpose, embedded skill(s), correlating Bloom’s level and suggested duration. In addition to a stated purpose, the lessons are relatable. Kids connect reading skills while on the playground, hanging with friends, and in conversations with their parents.
Methodology: Mastery Checklist
As an assessment of a student’s skills, they’re given a student response sheet, which has questions to answer (with scaffolds built in). Upon completion, there’s a checklist to ensure mastery.
Discussion: Supplemental Lessons
To be clear, these lessons are not intended to be a curriculum. They’re supplemental activities that lower the affective filter and help students make Real World Connections.
How do you incorporate it with what you’re already doing? It’s up to your discretion. These lessons can be used for introduction, closure, small group or a whole group “Character” lesson.
In conclusion, the lessons are differentiated, rigorous and “Make School Real.”
Making It Real: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Making-It-Real-Reading-6936531
Be Phenomenal, Mr. Short
Up Next: Bloom’s Book Study