Bloom’s Taxonomy for Relief Teachers

There is nothing new about Bloom's Taxonomy. In fact, it is almost as old as me.

I'm sure you have seen this before but it is always worth revisiting - especially if you are relief teaching.

I like the simpler 3 level version - Factual - Inferential - Critical but Bloom's 6 levels is much more comprehensive.

Bloom's first two levels, Knowledge and Comprehension equate to the Factual Level. Kids get the information from what is read and understood.

Relief teachers should understand that these first two levels are HIGH input levels is The teacher has to work harder than the kids. When you are relief teaching, these levels are easy for the kids to handle but require a lot of effort for the relief teacher.

The type of questions relief teachers can use for this level include

  • What happened after...
  • How many...?
  • Who was it that...?
  • Can you name the...?
  • Describe what happened at...?
  • Who spoke to...?
  • Can you tell why...?
  • Find the meaning of...?
  • What is...?
  • Which is true or false...?
  • Can you write in your own words...?
  • Can you write a brief outline...?
  • What do you think could of happened next...?
  • Who do you think...?
  • What was the main idea...?
  • Who was the key character...?
  • Can you distinguish between...?
  • What differences exist between...?
  • Can you provide an example of what you mean...?
  • Can you provide a definition for...?

The type of activities relief teachers can use include

  • Make a list of the main events..
  • Make a timeline of events.
  • Make a facts chart.
  • Write a list of any pieces of information you can remember.
  • List all the .... in the story.
  • Make a chart showing...
  • Make an acrostic.
  • Recite a poem.
  • Cut out or draw pictures to show a particular event.
  • Illustrate what you think the main idea was.
  • Make a cartoon strip showing the sequence of events.
  • Write and perform a play based on the story.
  • Retell the story in your words.
  • Paint a picture of some aspect you like.
  • Write a summary report of an event.
  • Prepare a flow chart to illustrate the sequence of events.
  • Make a colouring book.

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