According to Edglossary “Bloom’s taxonomy is a classification system used to define and distinguish different levels of human cognition—i.e., thinking, learning, and understanding.
Don’t Throw out the Multiple Choice Baby With the High Stakes Bathwater
It’s currently fashionable to bash multiple choice questions, to say they do not have much value for the 21st century. Teachers mustn’t let the criticisms blind them to their effectiveness. Especially when they are aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy and used as a part of frequent formative assessments.
Well crafted and standards aligned multiple choice questions deliver powerful data. This data helps teachers identify areas of student weakness, and give students meaningful feedback. By integrating multiple choice questions into the formative assessment mix, hard data points of student learning can be easily tracked and acted upon.
When used in this way, multiple choice questions are a key component in turning around any school or improving a high performing one. However, tools must be provided for managing the increased workload so as not to overburden teachers.
Multiple Choice Questions Aligned to Bloom’s Taxonomy
The following resources offer tips for writing effective multiple choice questions. Specifically, MCQs that require critical thinking and are in alignment with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Low-stakes formative assessments like exit tickets, when created with effective MCQs, are an essential tool. They generate powerful data that have a real-time impact on student academic performance.
Bloom’s Taxonomy Aligned Multiple Choice Question Items
If you’re using Blooms Taxonomy as part of your assessment creation process, we want to help you save time. Finding good question items can be a challenge. So we have posted a free Item Bank and Quiz Builder here: Item Bank and Quiz Builder Tool. If you find it helpful, please tell us in the comment section below.
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