|As teachers we tend to ask questions in the "knowledge" category 80% to 90%
of the time. These questions are not bad, but using them all the time is.
Try to utilize higher order level of questions. These questions require
much more "brain power" and a more extensive and elaborate answer. Below
are the six question categories as defined by Bloom.
- recalling identification
- recalling information
- who, what, when, where, how ...?
- translating from one medium to another
- describing in one's own words
- organization and selection of facts and ideas
- problem solving
- applying information to produce some result
- use of facts, rules and principles
- how is ... an example of ...?
- how is ... related to ...?
- why is ... significant?
- subdividing something to show how it is put together
- finding the underlying structure of a communication
- identifying motives
- separation of a whole into component parts
- what are the parts or features of ...?
- classify ... according to ...
- outline/diagram ...
- how does ... compare/contrast with ...?
- what evidence can you list for ...?
- creating a unique, original product that may be in verbal form or may be
a physical object
- combination of ideas to form a new whole
- what would you predict/infer from ...?
- what ideas can you add to ...?
- how would you create/design a new ...?
- what might happen if you combined ...?
- what solutions would you suggest for ...?
- making value decisions about issues
- resolving controversies or differences of opinion
- development of opinions, judgements or decisions
- do you agree that ...?
- what do you think about ...?
- what is the most important ...?
- place the following in order of priority ...
- how would you decide about ...?
- what criteria would you use to assess ...?