Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning

I believe that if any teacher’s going to mentally get to grips with differentiation as a concept in teaching methodology, then they have to start by understanding Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning.

Despite the fact that Bloom’s initial work was published in 1956 it’s really stood the test of time exceptionally well, with the added benefit of creative approaches applied to it over time.

Here’s an article from UK writer and trainer, Geoff Petty, that explains the basic concepts of the taxonomy far better than I could:


Next up is an interesting pictorial representation that sets the six cognitive levels of the taxonomy around a wheel with ideas for activities that can be used at that level and the products that students can be set to produce.
(It’s really when you look carefully at something like this that you get a true sense of what a dull ‘weapon’ an exam is for assessing real learning!)

Most recently I came across these amazing ‘peacock’ renditions of the taxonomy – one of them highlighting software/ programs that can be used for activities associated with any particular cognitive level:

iLearn Bloom’s Taxonomy Peacocks


2 Responses

  1. Wonderful stuff.

    Do most teacher’s learn this as part of their degree programme? Do they get to exercise these concepts in classroom learning situations?


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