During my summer institute on Common Core Unit planning we were provided several learning opportunities to better understand and apply Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. Webb’s analysis of learning presented all of us in the institute with a new way at looking at the ways in which we learn and challenged us to think – Bloom’s Taxonomy or Depth of Knowledge (DoK – for short).
Now, I am in no position to say which is better. I am without question an educator that has always considered Bloom’s the bible on the ways in which I can challenge not only students but teachers to dig deeper and push harder into learning process. Yet, after some time exploring DoK, I began to wonder if it is truly a better way to think about acquisition of knowledge.
For those of you who don’t know or use bloom’s taxonomy, the chart below is a good example of it’s purpose -
This example came from this blog in a 2009 post and I think it is such a great explanation of the levels of thinking as it provides the students and teachers with a plethora of verbs and activities to use in the classroom. Several of good examples can be found here -
Bloom’s Taxonomy 1 – a rose wheel for students in older grades.
Bloom’s Taxonomy 2 – a triangle example for students in younger grades.
Bloom’s Taxonomy 3 – a chart with the a great list of the verbs for Bloom’s
Now, in comparison, DoK looks like this -
Other examples of DoK can be found here;
DOK 1- This chart has a good explanation of the process
DoK 2 - This chart really explains each level.
So now the question becomes, is one better than the other? I will say this – I do like DoK because it tends to lean to the idea that learning requires all four levels, where is at times with Bloom’s learning can stop at the first level. The again, you could argue that it can do that with DoK.
But honestly, I don’t know but I would love to hear what everyone else thinks. What do you use? Thoughts???