Hoping we are teaching children Higher Order Skills- Blooms Taxonomy


blooms_taxonomyBloom’s Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives within education proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom.
It refers to a classification of the different objectives that educators set for students (learning objectives). Bloom’s Taxonomy divides educational objectives into three “domains”: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor (sometimes loosely described as knowing/head, feeling/heart and doing/hands respectively). Within the domains, learning at the higher levels is dependent on having attained prerequisite knowledge and skills at lower levels. A goal of Bloom’s Taxonomy is to motivate educators to focus on all three domains, creating a more holistic form of education.

The six thinking skills that Bloom describes are subdivided into two; higher order thinking skills and lower order thinking skills, see below;

Lower order thinking skills

High order thinking skills







Children need to be taught to not invite Failure……..

Education, Parenting

As parents and teachers we are forever worried about failure. We don’t want our kids failing ever. But we seldom consciously teach them to think about why failure happens. The words that children and people use every day decides whether they will meet failure or success. There are three words that very often show up in the conversation of losers, much more so than in that of winners.

1. Luck: It is true that unforeseen circumstances can effect results and outcomes but it is never luck that makes the difference. It is the events. Believing in luck centralizes our thoughts on an imaginary construct. This is something that is not in our and anybody’s circle of influence or change. The biggest problem is that luck is an excuse that explains away failure by believing that “It was just bad luck” and devalues our successes by thinking “It was just good luck”.

2. Hate: At school or at work, it’s usually something like: “I hate my teacher” or “I hate my studies”or “I hate my job.” Hate is a sick word, and it creates sickness inside us. Every time we use that word, we might as well be sticking a poisonous , infectious cell in our being. Polluting our brains by actually hating anything or anybody is a sure sign of failure.

3. But: The “buts” are everywhere, we all know somebody who can’t say anything about any idea, plan, or activity without high jacking the sentence with the word but. It’s always something like ” That’s a great idea, but…” or “I agree with you but…”, or “I want to work hard but”. It’s discouraging, and it kills the interest and passion.

A loser often and easily blames his or her inaction or failure on these words. Let’s teach our children to consciously not invite failure by these negative approaches.

OUR BRAIN AT WORK 8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Innovative

Education, Life


Geil Browning – Kenya Children Foundation, February 2002.

What can you do to work smarter, prevent burnout, and make sure your brain is always open to inspiration?

1. Work fewer hours. Working the longest hours of anyone is just foolish.

2. Clarify your goals and core values. What are you ultimately trying to accomplish? Are you spending too much time spinning your wheels on tasks that are irrelevant?

3. Track your time. Being ruthlessly efficient allows you to block out periods of non work time.

4. Don’t over promise. This is especially challenging for entrepreneurs, given that in many cases you won’t get the job unless you tell the client you’ll get it done in record time–for the least amount of money.

5. Say no.Learn to walk away from jobs that will be a nightmare.

6. Hire help. If you refuse to delegate, you end up hurting only yourself by working longer hours. You will have to learn how to not be a perfectionist and how to not be a control freak.

7. Get a life. Make sure you have a good life outside of work and that you’re not trying to escape something by working too hard.

8. Unplug. Block out periods of time when you will let your phone take messages and let your email collect unread. It’s not going anywhere.

Fortunately, you don’t need to travel halfway around the world to learn how to make your life less busy and your brain more innovative. By working smarter, you’ll have an opportunity for strategic thinking and planning during prime time every day, instead of squeezing your most important visionary work into late nights and weekends.

Story Telling Session for Pratham Books on International Literacy Day – 8th September

Education, Life

September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Pratham Books is celebrating the same  today throughout India by giving many people like me a chance to become a Pratham Book Champion to encourage literacy. Celebrations take place around the world every year, but before getting an invite from Pratham Books this year, I sadly had never given it so much thought.

 It felt great to be one of  the 250 + Champions all over India, reading the same book Susheela’s Kolam, today to  so many children. Bal Niketan, a primary school where I conducted the story telling sessions is run in a temple in sector 37 , Noida. It is managed by Mrs. Usha Agarwal who has given both financial aid and her precious time to help the school grow to a strength of  270 children from economically weaker sections of society. Hats Off to her spirit and the work she is doing.I conducted four separate sessions for children from grades I – V. It was refreshing  to see the children exhibiting so much interest and willingness to learn . The children did an activity of drawing and colouring Rangoli  and Kolam Patterns on  paper after the story telling session. And God!  their drawings and patterns were really beautiful. The school did not have enough space to do the patterns on the floor but  the children  promised to practice the designs  on the floor at home and make them during Diwali. The children knew about most of the festivals but were not aware of Pongal and tradition of making Kolams . They were so inquisitive that we had an extended session where I ended up answering a lot of questions about the festival and Kolams.

The children really liked the book  Susheela’s Kolams and I  loved reciting it along with Mimi and Bhensa to  all the 165 children in these classes. Thanks Pratham for the opportunity. I am so inspired that I am looking at setting up a library from my personal collection of books in this school and lend support in doing more story telling sessions there.

Bal Niketan Kids Work