Cole's Taxonomy in Progress

In previous posts, I mentioned how I thought by combining all 4 of the taxonomies created by Fink, Bloom, Krathwhol, and Simpson educators could build a better student experience in the classroom.

Looking at this summary of the levels within these taxonomies, you can see quite a bit of overlap. They all start with receiving new information, relating the information to what they already know, finding a way to use that information in different contexts in their lives. I believe that the taxonomies can be made more teacher-friendly by combining and simplifying them. If they are made to be more approachable for the average educator, they will be easier to implement as a result. This can be done by focusing on 3 key areas:
  1. Know
  2. Care
  3. Create 
I have been working on showing the relationships between the taxonomies visually. I am creating an infographic and podcast explaining this new and more teacher-friendly taxonomy, and thought I would share the first visual.

From this, you are able to see that all of the taxonomies overlap in the centre. I intend to add a list of verbs for these central categories showing that “learning is not a spectator sport…[Students] must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.” —Chickering and Gamson

The last piece is to add in the action verbs for each category. In a sense, I am trying to promote the idea of improving the student experience in our classrooms through action.

TOP 10: ACTION VERBS
KNOW
CARE
CREATE
Accept
Discuss
Explain
Identify
Imitate
Locate
Observe
Organize
Restate
Understand
Analyze
Compare
Categorize
Inspire
Practice
Question
Reflect
Relate
Respond
Value
Apply
Adapt
Develop
Formulate
Integrate
Implement
Perform
Plan
Reconstruct
Synthesize

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