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Bloom's Taxonomy And Creative And Critical Thinking Workshop

DAYAND DATE: Friday,15 Jan. 2016


Revising learnt concepts is the one of the best ways of reinforcing learning. This is what the workshop on Bloom’s taxonomy did to the attendees on 15th January 2016. The workshop was conducted by Vice Principal , Ms. Indu Yadav. She  briefly introduced the term ‘Taxonomy’. Then, using an interesting analogy of ‘how to learn to drive a car,’ she guided the teachers through the renowned and proven theory of Benjamin Bloom on the various levels of thinking in learning, namely Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. She  also explained Lorin Anderson’s improvisation of Bloom’s levels based on his belief that thinking is an ongoing process.. A discussion followed on how the various levels of thinking could be addressed through designing appropriate questions. Ms. Yadav shared with the groups the necessary keywords to consider while designing questions of a particular level. The attendees discussed the possibility of using Bloom’s Taxonomy in every subject domain irrespective of academic or non-academic. The high point of the workshop was the assessment based on a clipping from Shah Rukh Khan’s movie “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” where groups had to formulate six questions on the clipping based on each of Bloom’s levels. 

This was followed by a workshop on ‘Creative and Critical Thinking’. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Astha Singh.  An introductory activity was conducted where each attendee was handed a worksheet with five creative questions, the answers to which required out-of-the-box thinking. Through the varied answers Ms. Astha established the fact that creative questions do not have any right or wrong answer and thus teachers need to be liberal while grading creative exercises. She shared with the groups the traits of creative and critical thinkers and discussed how creative activities require one to synchronise both sides of the brain. An informative video on ‘what drives the innovators’ had the groups reflect upon the topic. The workshop culminated in a spirited debate on the logic and workability of the odd-even formula laid down by the Delhi government.