This is an interesting video by Marc-André Lalande which blends together Bloom’s Taxonomy with Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) for use in the classroom. It is based on work he did with Judith Cantin. The main idea they came up with was “targeted learning should fall in the ZPD, but the learning activity shouldn’t. this activity should mobilize knowledge, skills or competencies from a higher level of Bloom’s taxonomy, when possible.
If you are comfortable with Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy or Vygotsky’s ZPD, you can jump ahead in the video to 5:45 in the video to see the work of Lalande and Cantin.
In 1990, James Eison published what would become a classic in faculty development: “Confidence In the Classroom: Ten Maxims for New Teachers.” At the time he was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southeast Missouri State University. In the article, he provided his 10 rules new faculty need to adopt. In reality, his propositions have a considerable amount to offer both junior and senior faculty.
The 10 maxims are:
To Feel Confident, Act Confident
Examine Why You Want to Teach
Learn the Characteristics Associated with Effective Teaching
Enter Each Class with Specific Educational Goals and Objectives
Teach Less, Better
Use Active Learning Strategies Regularly
Don’t Be a Perfectionist
Be Relaxed about Admitting It When You Don’t Know Something
Ask for Response from Students and Colleagues
Remember that Enthusiasm and Energy Can Carry the Day
Most educators are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, a model that classifies different levels of human cognition in thinking, learning, and understanding. But in a digital age, educators are thinking about it as Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This updated version aims to expand upon the skills associated with each level as technology becomes a more engrained – and essential – part of learning.