Tuesday, April 2, 2013

'B' is for Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning

I was searching for "Blooms", thinking I would talk about flowers and Spring. Instead I was ambushed by diagrams for something called the Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning. Having studied Psychology in college before deciding I didn't want to listen to other people's problems for the rest of my life; I was interested at once. Part of my previous incarnation was administering standardized tests.

Basically, this triangle illustrates how our brains process information. Just as with the famous 'Food Group' pyramid, you start from the bottom and move upward. 

Now, why did this interest me as a blog topic for "A to Z Blogging"? This is similar to the process I use when creating new characters for my different series. I remember what the character has already revealed to me. Then I understand how they fit into the overall story. I apply the character to the story and analyze what his/her impact will be to the story arc. I then evaluate the positive and negative of the character in the long range forecast, and create the final version. 

It isn't perfect, but I find it works will with my particular form of attention deficit disorder. Maybe some of my readers can relate. Otherwise, happy "B" day, please return on Wednesday for "C". This will be a dual posting, as the first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop Day. No telling what I will find that starts with a 'C' to mesh into both groups, but that's what makes it all fun. I love a good challenge. 


  1. Great intigration of this concept into the writing world. I agree-def. helps with story arch and character development. Nice post!

    1. Thanks! It was a happy accident to discover this pyramid, and I hope will give a lot more structure to my story planning.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. I think I need to bookmark this post and save that diagram! LOVE it, And this should come in handy in May when I am back to writing. Thank you!

    Konstanz Silverbow
    A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge Co-host

  3. That bottom level is always missing on my personal triangle! What an interesting correlation between writing and this chart. Good job for the letter B!

    1. Thank you. It was strange when I first saw it, but once I realized how it could apply it just fell into place.

      Thanks for visiting!

  4. I remember Bloom from teacher training.....thanks for the memory. Excellent thoughtful post