Read the text. (Remember…hopefully)

Work the problems. (Understand)

Take the test. (Apply)

These are the first three levels of learning.

Dr. Benjamin Bloom held a Ph.D. in education. In 1956 he led a team of educators who developed a process for teaching students to think on incrementally higher and higher levels. It’s not necessary to understand all the jargon of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning to benefit from the philosophy. Most of us can relate to the first three steps because it’s how we, ourselves, were taught.

Sadly, that’s where a lot of teachers stop…but there are three more levels. The lower three levels were designed to train competent and contented employees, but the upper three levels develop the thinking skills and creativity that can empower your child to think like a boss!

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blooms-analyzeThe first step above the “glass ceiling of mediocrity” is to learn to analyze, and that’s where Friday’s button activity comes in!

Something as simple as sorting buttons can help prepare a young child to observe characteristics, separate fact from theory, and grasp that there are many ways to subdivide and organize complex issues.

The most obvious way to sort buttons, for example, is by color, but there are others ways to sort them. We might arrange them by size. We might separate the ones with two holes from the ones with four holes or the ones with a shank. We might observe that some are made of plastic while others are made of metal, antler, or bone. If we knew a lot about history and about buttons, we might even be able to identify how old a button is by what was in fashion during each era.

Those skills can be transferred later to more academic subjects.

  • The periodic table in chemistry is nothing more than a very elaborate way of sorting and describing the elements of the universe.
  • Numbers in mathematics may be sorted and described as positive or negative, integers, fractions, decimals, whole numbers…
  • Art and music are often sorted into movements or historical periods.

It’s never too early to challenge your child to think analytically and begin developing the skills they’ll need to succeed!