Covers front and back: What are your initial reactions when comparing Bloom’s Thinking Skills Continuum to teaching your content area?
I was surprised to learn that the goals in the Common Core only meet a few of Bloom’s Thinking Skills. Because of that, I believe that it is our responsibility as teachers to work to include the thinking skills included in Bloom’s that aren’t included within the Common Core Standards. If we include both the Common Core and Bloom’s Thinking Skills, our students will walk away with the most knowledge.
Authors: When designing effective instruction, what is your role as the teacher? How do you think you will effectively support student learning?
As a teacher, my role in designing effective instruction is crucial. It is my job to make sure that students can remember what I taught them. Furthermore, it is my job to make sure that students can exhibit higher order thinking skills, and can evaluate and analyze what they’ve learned, and then take it one step further by creating something with what they’ve learned in my class.
Title: As a user of the Common Core Standards, what is their major emphasis compared to Bloom?
There seems to be a major emphasis on the student’s ability to show what they’ve learned by applying and analyzing the information they’ve been taught. There isn’t really an emphasis on creating something new with the information they’ve learned, which is unfortunate, because I feel that that is the most important part of learning.
Audience: How will you organize instruction for the students to become more responsible for their own learning?
I would love for students to have a sense of pride over what they’ve learned and created in my classroom. I hope to encourage students to send their work somewhere where it may be published. I hope that using publicity as my main goal will encourage students to be proud of what they create inside my classroom.
Pages: What is your definition of Literacy? What is your definition of text?
My definition of literacy is being able to fully understand any type of text. My definition of text is anything that can be interpreted to mean something.
Underlying message or purpose: How do you mesh the two definitions or functions of text and literacy within your discipline?
Meshing the definition of text and literacy within the English classroom just means giving students an opportunity to look at and unpack a wide variety of different types of text, and helping them understand the text fully.
Look at visuals, maps, or sketches in the text: Within your content discipline, how will you utilize visual, maps, authentic documents, or sketches to convey meaning? Share suggestions with your colleagues/ fellow teachers.
Visual aids are crucial within an English classroom. They help to paint a fuller picture of whatever it is that we’re learning about. For instance, if we read a book about the 1920s in America, I might include advertisements or magazine covers from that time period. Providing visuals helps people more fully understand what and when we’re talking about within a unit.
Teacher: Summarize your new knowledge of literacy within your discipline.
Before, I considered literacy just being able to read and comprehend text but now I understand that it is also being able to analyze, apply, and demonstrate that knowledge to another piece of work or something new.