Well, I could put on my best pirate accent but I’ll leave that to Johnny Depp.  This video is essentially a synthesis of the various elements that classify Bloom’s progressing levels of learning.  “Taxonomy” simply means “classification”, and this video manages to show the forms and levels of learning using scenes cut from The Black Pearl (video at end).

The ‘levels’ of Bloom’s Taxonomy are Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis & Evaluation.

This series of domains and a series of questions are available to check when you are writing your program/curricula here.

As well as providing a basic sequential model for dealing with topics in a curriculum, Bloom’s Taxonomy also suggests a way of categorising levels of learning, in terms of the expected ceiling for a given program. Thus in the Cognitive domain, training for facts or theoretical ideas may cover knowledge, comprehension and application, but maybe not concern itself with analysis and above, whereas, in my classroom, authentic applicable learning may be expected to include this and synthesis/evaluation.

In a music classroom this would almost always be the case as theory would tend towards practical outcomes, back to listening and comprehension then towards synthesis and evaluation in composition and presentation.

For example, I can teach my students to recognise notes and rhythms from various syllables (ta te) and compose word rhythms for class activities.  But, if I ask my students to analyse a rhyme, build on prior knowledge and understanding to create or synthesise their own composition for their classmates complete with an evaluation of the final performance – I have addressed many levels of learning.  Which will result (I hope) in students retaining the information internally, gaining enjoyment from the task and ultimately their success in creating music.

Watch the video for a Pirate experience you will never forget when you go to plan lessons or programs.

(Courtesy of LearningandTeaching, ClassWeb.gmu.edu, Teachers.ash.org.au, EdTechVision & Xiongdudu).

Can you share any ideas on how you integrate Blooms Taxonomy into your classroom lesson plans or assessments?