The Bigkid Taxonomy

Having given it a lot of thought I have come up with my own taxonomy:

In order of level of thinking required pupils should attempt the following:

  1. Be quiet
  2. Sit down
  3. Listen
  4. If necessary ask some intelligent questions
  5. Understand
  6. Do a reasonable amount of work correctly

Currently many pupils often fall down at the first hurdle. While this does not prevent them from achieving the second step it is a significant barrier to success at the third, fourth, fifth and sixth steps.

Some pupils have fallen down at steps 1 and 3 find the “intelligent” part of step 4 difficult to achieve. They then go on to fail at steps 5 and 6.

Some pupils also fail to understand the importance of the words “reasonable amount” and “correctly” in step 6. These pupils unfortunately have a defensive reaction to correction and tend to respond to criticism with a failed attempt at step 4.

I think this is a winner. I should write a book…

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  1. Pingback: How I’ve voluntarily changed my teaching this year and the impact this has had on low ability pupils | mylifeasacynicalteacher

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