Monday, October 14, 2013

Moving up to Higher order skills on Bloom`s Taxonomy - Remember

Bloom’s Taxonomy
Teachers spend a great deal of time asking and answering questions. It`s crucial we pay attention to what kind of questions  we`ve  been asking and answering to make sure we inspire higher order thinking skills. 

In a previous post, I wrote about apptivities that are tasks types that revolve around the "remember" phase. 

In this post I start listing activities that are in the "understand" thinking order.

How would you explain / show / contrast / compare...?
Will you state or interpret in your words...?
Can you explain what`s meant by...?
What can you say about...?
How would you summarize / paraphrase...?
How could you demonstrate...?
Could you give original examples of...?
Will you make a poster about...?

Do not Spoil My Dream Trip
Visualize/Imovie and Picturesonic

By the end of this lesson students will be able to give me three personalized example dialogues about a dream trip as if they were really worried based on their posters.
What if it rains? If it rains, we`ll...
What if we get lost? If we get lost we`ll...


Stage 1
  • Ask students about their last trip, and if they travel much. Say: " Imagine a trip you really want to take.", "where are you going?", "what are you going to do there?", etc.
  • Tell students they have 10 minutes to use visualize or Imovie to illustrate the trip to their parents. 
  • Display the app on the board and go over simple features of the app
  • Write instructions of the board - check understanding
  • Deliver IPads. Time, monitor, teacher makes sure all IPads are closed when he/she starts debriefing.
  • Teacher projects students` work, but as they present invite other students to ask what if questions.

Example of students` work

Stage 2
  • Teacher tells students they will record a dialogue in which only one character can be heard. 
  • Show a sample to students. Open pictusonic and show students its features.
  • Have students open the IPads and start working. (Teacher times and monitors)
  • Students watch some of the videos writing down the missing questions for each video. Teacher plays the videos and checks students` work.

Students email their work to their parents to let them know what  their idea of dream trips are.

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