Written by contributor Jena Borah of Yarns of the Heart
I’m a big picture kind of person. I like to look at the map and stay focused on the destination. But homeschooling is full of little details that threaten to pull us off the path and down rabbit trails.
That’s why, here at the beginning of the school year, I like to remind myself of how simple education really is.
In the 1950s, a committee of educators came up with a list of broad learning objectives called Bloom’s Taxonomy, and it’s been revised over the years. The first step in learning is simply remembering facts, and as a student progresses through the levels, he or she takes the learned material and creates something new. I love that.
The ultimate goal of learning is the ability to create something new.
My favorite visual representation of Bloom’s Taxonomy is this butterfly. As the wings grow, the butterfly becomes more beautiful and able to fly.
I made a large version by selecting “poster” in my print options and it came out in eight pages, but I think a one-page copy would look great on the refrigerator! I put my eight pages together by spraying adhesive to the backs and putting them on a piece of plain wrapping paper. Then I laminated it.
The point of all this is to remember that simply memorizing information is the lowest level of learning. Be sure to continually jump to the next level with questions and discussions that engage in higher order thinking like analyzing and evaluating.
Image by Learning Today
The orange illustration helps to define the levels. Put in on the fridge next to the butterfly to remind yourself of things to do that stretch your child’s thinking.
The orange might also give your student some ideas for projects. Hey, here’s an idea: Print it in a smaller size, laminate it, and make it a bookmark!
What have you done to move beyond just remembering the facts?