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An Analogy For Bloom’s Taxonomy


I’ve written about how I use Bloom’s Taxonomy in the classroom, along with sharing many related resources (see The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom)

I’ve just read an excellent post by George Couros titled Bloom’s Taxonomy and a Pen, which uses a pen as an analogy for explaining the different Taxonomy levels. It’s an excellent idea, and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of using an analogy before when we teach the Taxonomy in our ninth-grade English classes.

I’m adding his post to my “The Best…” list.

Thanks to Lucy Gray and Doug Peterson for the tip.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Thanks for the mention! It was a great idea that was inspired and shared by a really great friend of mine who unfortunately does not have much of a web presence yet. I am pushing him to share more of his ideas (such as the “pen”) with people over the world. Thanks for the link!

  2. I absolutely LOVE your blog. I check in everyday and can’t wait for your twitter updates. Thanks for all you do!

    I was disappointed that the “Blooms Taxonomy and A Pen” blog is no longer available. Do you know another way I could access it?

    • Suzanne,

      George changed the link and I hadn’t gotten around to fixing it. My post now points to the correct webpage and you can access it.

      Glad you find the resources useful.


  3. Larry,
    Thank you so much for the new link. I can’t wait to share this with my AVID colleagues…I see so many possibilities for the students to come up with their own “Pen” analogies! Keep up the great work!

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