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Supporting Learning at Home

The key focus for any school is learning. This can sometimes be forgotten amongst all the complexities of day-to-day life, but at BIS Abu Dhabi it is and will remain our highest priority.

Learning is, of course, not something that just takes place in classrooms. Learning occurs personally and socially in many situations and a school’s role is to cultivate this and help each individual child develop and progress at every opportunity.

One very important learning opportunity that happens every day is time at home reflecting on school work. In order to help parents support their children’s learning, the work of Benjamin Bloom can be very helpful. Benjamin Bloom was an American psychologist who introduced Bloom’s Taxonomy as a way of describing stages of learning:

 

 

Bloom’s Taxonomy can be very useful in guiding students towards higher levels of thinking and enables us to challenge and deepen their learning.

When working with your children at home try using the above diagram to phrase increasingly challenging questions. Instead of checking if they remember facts for example, why not ask how they might apply facts, or possibly even use these facts as a basis to create something new.

Patrick Horne