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Bloomin’ Mathematics

It seemed that everywhere I looked today I kept finding Kathy Schrock’s ‘Bloomin’ Google‘ where she has categorised Google tools according to Bloom’s revised taxonomy. Her blog post explains its origins.

My Digital Tools blog has information on Bloom’s taxonomy, in particular the digital version of the taxonomy which accounts for the new technologies and the processes and actions associated with them.

Thinking about the different levels of the taxonomy is useful when planning questions for students. So often questions relate only to the lower order thinking skills.

Nrich has a small number of articles on Bloom’s taxonomy, this by Jennifer Piggott showing the heirarchy of thinking skills together with skills and question cues and this by Jenni Way on using questioning to stimulate mathematical thinking, with an addendum also which includes ideas for questions to use for student investigation.

Lindsey Shorser has written a short paper on the interpretation of Bloom’s taxonomy for Mathematics.

A very useful resource is this booklet of sample questions which has been created as part of a project funded by the NCETM on Questioning the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy (scroll down the page for the final report). I have tried many of these in the classroom, they really make students think and encourage a deep understanding.

For further questions which require higher order thinking skills see the Levelopaedia from Kangaroo Maths which has numerous probing questions by level and also the focused assessment materials  which make it clear what students should be able to do and give probing questions.

See also: Rich Questions.

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