This video is an excellent resource for the implementation of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Cognitive Domain). Not only does it provide an overview of the theory, it also demonstrates how to use questioning to assess a learner’s grasp of the subject at each of Bloom’s levels. It highlights the importance of assessment at each level, gives examples of ways to start questions, and the scenarios show how a student that has successfully met the learning of each level would potentially respond. I will use this video to include the right questions throughout my lessons to check in on student progress.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
To ensure that I am creating a positive learning environment I must realize that much of my perspective is privileged. I am Canadian born, Caucasian, and heterosexual; I need to realize that many of my students will be faced with oppression and exclusion in ways that I cannot understand. What I like about the following link, and why I will keep it and review it periodically, is that it addresses safety in the diverse classroom in a no nonsense, direct way. The language is clear and the directions are simple; it is an invaluable resource for educators.
The following link grabbed my attention with a quote from page 4; “Human beings are either motivated or dead.” This was different from a lot of other resources I reviewed about student motivation, and it successfully captured my interest. What held my interest were the concrete tips provided to help support resistant learners, specific tips on encouragement and examples from real life faculty about how they structure their lessons and classes to foster motivation. I can revisit this link when I develop lesson plans to build in these valuable ideas and tips.
I chose this resource for two reasons; it explains how to align assessments with course objectives, and it draws out the differences between assessing if students are learning and evaluating their work for the purposes of grades. Formative assessment is definitely an area where my current workshop design is lacking, and building it into my lesson planning will not only encourage me to check in appropriately but also to develop strategies to support students that are struggling at that point. I will use this resource to build more assessment into my lessons to support student learning more effectively.
As an educator that whole heartedly buys into the concept of constructivism, I find great value in John Biggs’ efforts to employ it practically in the field of higher education. This resource is an educators’ learning module out of the University College of Dublin; the authors describe how to implement Biggs’ main ideal of ensuring that assessments are consciously aligned with teaching activities and desired learning outcomes. They also demonstrate how this theory can be used alongside Bloom’s Taxonomy and adjusted to work within each level. I will use this resource, and theory, as the backbone of my lesson planning.