Bloom’s Taxonomy is a method created by Benjamin Bloom to categorize the levels of reasoning skills that students use for effective learning. There are six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Many teachers write their assessments in the lowest two levels of the taxonomy. However, this will often not show whether the students have truly integrated the new knowledge. One interesting method that can be used to make sure that all six levels are used is to create an assessment based completely on the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. However, before doing this, it is important that students are given background information and knowledge about the levels of the taxonomy. Introducing Students to Bloom’s Taxonomy The first step in preparing students is to introduce them to Bloom’s Taxonomy. After presenting the levels with examples of each to the students, teachers should have them practice the information. A fun way to do this is to have students create questions on an interesting topic in each level of the taxonomy. For example, they could write six questions based on a popular television show like “The Simpsons.” Have the students do this as part of whole group discussions. Then have them provide sample answers as a way to help guide them to the types of answers you are seeking. After presenting the information and practicing it, the teacher should then provide them with an opportunity to practice using the material being taught in class. For example, after teaching about magnetism, the teacher could go through six questions, one for each level, with the students. Together, the class can construct appropriate answers as a way to help students see what will be expected of them when they complete a Bloom’s Taxonomy assessment on their own.