Category Archives: Bloom’s Taxonomy

Edshelf…very cool


I just discovered edshelf and in many ways it was by accident.  I was looking for something completely different in goggle and the first hit I got was two different links to different edshelf collections.  Now I may be completely behind the times in just learning about edshelf, but after a bit of agonizing I decided that even if just one person reads this and learns about edshelf, then it was worth blogging about.

So for those of you who have not heard of this website, it allows educators to create collections (based on whatever organizational means you consider fit!) of apps that they can or do  use  in the classroom.

In my opinion – sheer genius!!!  I wish I knew about this site sooner.  I am constantly coming across apps that I think are great, and while I don’t necessarily have the opportunity to use them right away, it is hard to keep track of them.  Thanks to edshelf, NOW I DO!!!  It also gives me (and hopefully you) the opportunity to browse education apps in one place and decide whether you want to take the time to download it before you go through the trouble of setting up an account.  Perfect!!! Thank you edshelf

I have just started to play with my edshelf account, but have already create three collections and an example of one is below.

Mind Mapping on edself
Mind Mapping on edself

What is also a real plus is you can print your collection page, with or without QR codes and give the handouts  to your students, staff, parents, etc. as a reference tool.

If you use technology in the classroom, then I would urge you to check the site out.  Even if you are not interested in setting up an account, you can definitely glean much information from the collections that have already been created by other educators.  For me, it was clearly my teachable moment of the day!

Supporting DoK (and Bloom’s)


If you have read any of my earlier posts on Bloom’s and DoK you know by now that I have long since filed Bloom’s taxonomy under the section in my brain as antiquated. Long since replaced along side some other education strong holds such as;

  • Differentiation (replaced with Entry Point into Learning)
  • Rigor (replaced with Stamina)
  • Aim (replaced with Learning Objective)
  • Questioning (replaced with Scaffolding)

The irony of these changes is that regardless of the word or phrase the goal is the same – in some way, shape, or form – supporting students in learning.  Which is why it could be very easy for someone to argue that DoK is just a new way of presenting Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Its just a new circle, with less words, the goal the same to take kids from the lowest level and bring them to the highest.  In the case of Bloom’s its to move from the bottom of the famous triangle to the little section on the top.  While in DoK it’s moving from one side of the circle all the way around to the other side, again moving students from the basic to the advanced.  And while I could spend hours and write paragraph upon paragraph on why I push my teachers to support instruction through the lens of DoK rather then Bloom’s, I rather post documents and resources that support teachers in the transition and or implementation of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, especially when they hear their supervisor ramble on and on or quickly mention that the school is not going to use ” this wheel” instead of “that wheel.” 🙂

So to that end and without further ado – some DoK resources (which I find are not as abundant on the web as material to support Bloom’s)

Hess’s Cognitive Rigor Matrixes – The matrixes (which are subject specific are a great tool to support lesson planning and development when implementing DoK)

DoK Descriptors Descriptors for subject areas outside of the ones on the Matrix (though I am including a descriptor for writing that is too good to ignore.)

Blooms and DoK (side-by-side) and more thisis a great visual to support transition from Blooms to DoK (from the website Stancoe.org)

Visual Supports – while I am sure there are many video’s this one is easy to follow and to the point

NYC DOE’s website has a lot of great resources beyond this video on implementing DoK

One of the best quotes that I keep seeing over and over about DoK is that DoK is not a “target” its the “ceiling.”  As educators, we want to push all our kids to reach the ceiling, not just aim for a target.  By doing so every moment becomes a teachable one and every moment becomes great.

More Blooms and DoK….(this time in visuals)


While the frames of thinking continue to shift back and forth between Bloom’s Taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge, Cobb County ESOL has some great resources (with a focus on ELL’s) but can be applied to all of our students. So happy Friday – enjoy some charts and feel free to share how you use them in your class.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

While I normally do not  gravitate to Bloom’s Taxonomy charts, I think this one is great for students.

Bloom’s Peacock!!!!

Depth of Knowledge

It is not often that I come across a DoK chart that is not a circle, but this one sums up DoK in another student friendly visual.

DoK – my hero!!!!

and another:

DoK – Yeah!!!! (Sorry its a PDF)

Both of these charts are just some of the great resources that can be found on this site.  Along with some other great charts to help create those teachable moments….