This week the meaning of my visualisation can be taken quite literally: An area for growth.
I analysed my lessons from Monday to Thursday with the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, “which classiﬁes thinking into behaviors organised into a series of hierarchical levels” (Barkley & Major, 2016, p.5). The taxonomy focuses only on the cognitive part of a lesson and not on influences classroom management or emotions. The hierarchy ranges from the lower-order thinking skill ‘remembering’ to the higher-thinking skill ‘creating’. You can see all six levels in this legend:
Each petal symbolises one task on the according level. Each leaf on the individual stems represents a class level:
My visualisation of my teaching this week shows me that the tasks in second grade are all on the three lower-thinking levels. This is an area I can improve in and keep in mind for preparation for the next quintal of the school year. In fourth, fifth and sixth grade, the proposed tasks reach the higher levels as well. You can tell that ‘creating’ was a big part of the lessons for fifth and sixth grade.
This data collection made me think and gave me a chance to analyse my teaching and evaluate lessons, especially the complexity of tasks on different class levels. I am genuinely looking forward to exploring my teaching data further over the next weeks!
Barkley, E.F. & Major, C.H. (2016) Learning assessment techniques : a handbook for college faculty, San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.