November 18, 2005

Bloom's taxonomy

Here is perhaps my favorite list: Bloom's taxonomy of educational objectives.

1. Knowledge
2. Comprehension
3. Application
4. Analysis
5. Synthesis
6. Evaluation

Our High School math teacher, Christ Kristo, presented to that to us one fine fall day in 1983. I copied it onto a file card and carried it around in my wallet for years, as if it was a secret code giving access to the next level of consciousness. What he told us was that his goal was to push us to the higher levels of the progression-- to not just comprehend and apply math, but to analyse techniques and to synthesize new proofs and derivations. God bless you Mr. Kristo.

He had had an interesting life. He left Albania as a teenager, a refugee from the Nazis, and ended up teaching math to us cretins in Owatonna. His favorite color was red and he was proud to have been the first math teacher in Minnesota to introduce the 'Illinois Plan' curriculum-- math induction, vector geometry, logic, proofs. I have taken math classes at some of the world's best academies, but never learned more or had a better teacher. Once he told us that paradise for him would be to be in a quiet room with a stack of paper and a pencil, and at the tender age of 16 that was just about the most revolutionary idea I had ever heard.


At November 20, 2005 3:06 AM , Blogger Kate said...

I hope Mr. Kristo googles himself sometime and reads about how great he is!

How do you pronounce his first name?

At November 20, 2005 12:45 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Unfortunately the dear dear man passed away a few years ago. The other teachers called him Chris, we called him Mr. Kristo.
He was the main character in the comic strips I used to write during chemistry and history.

At December 02, 2005 7:40 PM , Blogger Chaz said...

Excellent post.

At January 23, 2006 9:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is still alive and living in Owatonna. He is my grandfather.


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