The most valuable information in this module is Bloom’s Taxonomy. As an educator, understanding the taxonomy is very important because in addition to educating our students, we must know how to inspire them to think critically, make conjectures, and demonstrate their understanding. More importantly, we have to know how to assess our student’s understanding, or lack thereof. If our students aren’t able to analyze and synthesize the mathematics that’s taught within the classroom, then the education is useless because they’re unable to apply it to the real-world experiences they will encounter outside of the classroom. Therefore, I believe the biggest value of Bloom’s Taxonomy is that it assists educators with enhancing our student’s intellectual growth.

Mathematics education today focuses more on standardized testing than logical and lateral thinking skills. Therefore, unfortunately, our instruction is dictated by the previous year’s test results, not on whether or not students know how to engage in complex reasoning. However, in an attempt to incorporate more logical/lateral thinking activities within my classroom, I plan to post a Problem of the Week on my classroom bulletin board. Those students who answer the problems correctly will receive extra credit. I also plan to infuse logical/lateral thinking problems into student’s journal writing.