Note: This post uses the revised version of Bloom’s taxonomy as explained in “The Second Principle by Leslie Owen Wilson”.
Students aren’t the only ones to whom Bloom’s Taxonomy (the revised version) relates to.
Just look at teachers grading finals, during exam “high season”, and see for yourself.
“Recognizing or recalling knowledge from memory.”
Remembering the ghosts of previous piles of exam notebooks during “exam high season”. Recalling that you did vanquish them and even did so on schedule (thanks to the fun activities you didn’t partake in…). Remembering not to think of the ghosts of future exam piles…
“Constructing meaning from different types of functions be they written or graphic messages…”
Constructing meaning from graphic messages otherwise known as students’ handwriting. Trying to decipher letters written in an exam notebook which form words you didn’t recognize at first because they had no business being used in the sentence they were placed in. Understanding that grinding your teeth in frustration isn’t worth it because your dental bills may exceed your salary.
“Applying relates to or refers to situations where learned material is used…”
From many years of experience you have learned that “simple” exams (testing a lower level of English, such as Module A) can be checked efficiently one at a time, on your lap, in a waiting room, a crowded teacher’s room or anywhere else. Exams at higher levels are more efficiently checked on a table where they can be slightly spread out and checked in batches, per question.
“Breaking materials or concepts into parts, determining how the parts relate to one another…”
Parts, huh? Identifying “parts” is the easy “part” . But how does a teacher fit them all in? You know, time wise?
Grading exams, recording grades digitally, preparing review material and repeat exams, doing housework, dealing with the crowded pre-holiday shopping scene, familial obligations, meeting with friends and relatives you don’t see often enough, attending gym classes, taking pictures, blogging and sleeping…
“Making judgments based on criteria…”
Judging whether it is worth the extra weight and inconvenience of carrying the exam notebooks with you wherever you go so you may take advantage of every single spare moment to keep on grading. Evaluating the advantage of the former strategy vs the unthinkable danger of forgetting the exam notebooks somewhere…
“…reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure…”
Now that you think you have finished grading the exams you must create another version of every test for the “retake day” . Don’t worry, management cares enough to worry about you being in danger of suffering from “hubris” due to having prepared an extra version while creating the original exams. Therefore, an extra special exam date will be added at the last-minute so don’t even dream of saying goodbye to the photo copying machine. There’s creating to be done…
HANG IN THERE FELLOW TEACHERS! THANKFULLY THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO TEACHING THAN GRADING EXAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!