What is Bloom's Taxonomy?

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a Tool that helps to understand the Learning Process and How to empower it effectively.

  • Its name comes from the person who created it: Benjamin Bloom.

 

This Model suggests that the Learning Process consists of 6 Steps:

  1. Remember.
  2. Understand.
  3. Apply.
  4. Analyze.
  5. Evaluate.
  6. Create.

 

Bloom’s Taxonomy suggests that the optimal Learning Process must go through all these Steps.

  • Starting with “Remembering” and ending with “Creating”.

The 6 Steps of Bloom's Taxonomy

1. Remember: The Beginning of any learning process is not Forgetting the Basics.

  • If you can’t Remember what is Essential, you won’t Learn anything.

 

2. Understand: Being able to Process and Internalize that Knowledge.

  • In this Second Stage, the Information “Makes Sense”.

 

3. Apply: The possibility to Use that Knowledge in Real Situations.

  • Once the Information has been Understood, it becomes Useful.

 

4. Analyze: To Study Problems by using that Knowledge.

  • The acquired Knowledge offers new Perspectives to Understand things.

 

5. Evaluate: To Judge a Situation from a thorough study of it.

  • We can only judge correctly when we know the matter perfectly.

 

6. Create: To Propose new things that Improve what already exists.

  • If we think we can do things better.

 

Bloom’s Taxonomy Template.

 

Before sharing some examples, we want to give you some Tips on How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy:

Tips on How to use Bloom's Taxonomy

Make sure you Understand the Basics.

  • Understanding the Basics is Essential in every Learning Process.

 

Try to Apply the new Knowledge Acquired as Soon as Possible.

  • Applying new knowledge is the best way to Internalize and Remember it.

 

When Creating new Procedures, try to Use what already Exists.

  • The Best results tend to be a Combination of existing knowledge and new Approaches.

The best way to understand This Tool and how you can use it is by sharing some examples with you:

Bloom's Taxonomy examples

We will recreate a common Professional career, highlighting What Steps we go through in each Stage.

 

This way, you’ll better Understand How Bloom’s taxonomy works.

  • Even if we don’t realize.

 

Let’s begin:

Remembering - Bloom's Taxonomy example

When are New in a Company or a Project, we don’t know anything.

  • We feel Lost and Useless.

 

What do we do in this Stage?

We acquire Information about the Tasks we have to carry out.

  • What we have to do.
  • How we have to do it.
  • Why we have to do it.
  • When we have to do it.

Understanding - Bloom's Taxonomy example

Once we Remember all the Information necessary, we Start Understanding it.

  • We Understand what is Expected of us.

 

What we do in this Stage?

We have to be sure we Understand everything.

  • We clarify any doubt we may have.
  • We study more the Topics involved in our daily tasks.

Applying - Bloom's Taxonomy example

Once we can Apply all the Knowledge acquired, we become Useful employees.

  • Before, we were almost Useless.

 

What do we do in this Stage?

We do the tasks we are supposed to do.

  • In the way we have been told to do.
    • Nothing more, nothing less.

Analyzing - Bloom's Taxonomy example

As soon as our understanding improves, we begin to see what others don’t see.

  • We analyze what we do, knowing what we do.

 

What do we do in this Stage?

We Start questioning Why things are done in that way.

  • Could things be done in other way?
  • What alternatives there are?
  • Is the Process effective enough?

Evaluating - Bloom's Taxonomy example

We become “experts” when we are able to point out whether things are being done correctly or not.

  • We don’t just question things, we are sure if they can be improved or not.

 

What do we do in this Stage?

We can Judge things properly.

  • We can ensure if the Processes and Protocols work correctly.
  • We can pinpoint where the main problems are.

Creating - Bloom's Taxonomy example

Finally, we become the most Useful employees in the Company.

  • At this point we could be promoted to be Managers… or even CEOs.

 

What do we do in this Stage?

We can propose new and better ways to do thing.

  • New Procedures that Improve the Results of the Company.
  • New products that are Cheaper to produce and Customers like more.

Summarizing

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a Tool that helps to understand the Learning Process and How to empower it effectively.

 

It suggests that the optimal Learning Process must go through all these 6 Steps:

  1. Remember.
  2. Understand.
  3. Apply.
  4. Analyze.
  5. Evaluate.
  6. Create.

 

Tips on How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy:

  • Make sure you Understand the Basics.
  • Try to Apply the new Knowledge Acquired as Soon as Possible.
  • When Creating new Procedures, Try to use what already Exists.

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