Get Kids Thinking!


What it is: According to Bloom’s Taxonomy, the
ability to judge the value of ideas, procedures, and methods using
appropriate criteria is the highest critical thinking skill.

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How Jesus used it: A perfect example of the use
of this questioning technique is found in Matthew 16 when Jesus asked Peter, “Given all
you know about me, who do you think I am?”

How you can use it: Panels and debates require
evaluation. You can incorporate this highly effective thinking
skill by asking, “Given all you know about the theories of
evolution and creation, which do you believe and why?” and “If you
follow someone who leads you away from God, who’s more
responsible-you or the false leader? Explain.”

Sarah Smith was CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Magazine’s 1992 Sunday
School Teacher of the Year

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1. Getting Ready: Bring to the meeting photocopies of this
article and copies of your current curriculum. Write the six levels
of Bloom’s Taxonomy on a chalkboard. Beside each level, assign a
different symbol, such as a star, checkmark, or smiley face.

2. BaBa WaWa Time: When teachers arrive, form pairs. Have
partners each write five questions to ask their partner. Then have
partners interview each other for six minutes total. After the
interviews, use the article to explain each of the six levels of
Bloom’s Taxonomy. Then have partners decide which level each of
their questions falls into.

3. A Closer Look: Have pairs join other pairs to form groups of
four. Distribute your current curriculum and a photocopy of this
article to each group. Have groups choose one lesson to evaluate.
Have them each place a symbol by each question in the lesson that
reflects its place in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Ask groups to report the
number of each type of question they found. Tally their numbers on
the chalkboard.

Ask: What level of questions is our curriculum strongest in?
weakest in? Does our curriculum promote mostly lower level or
higher level thinking skills? Explain.

4. A Step Further: Have groups each write two questions for each
of the weakest levels of the taxonomy for their lesson. Have groups
share these questions. Encourage teachers to add questions to
promote higher level thinking skills in every lesson they

Close in prayer, thanking God for the bright minds he’s given
children. Ask God to help your teachers stimulate and challenge
kids to a deeper, more thoughtful faith.

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