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In sharing last week's article on the Hidden Stories of the Average American Classroom, several teachers began discussing the need to "Maslow" before you "Bloom." But what exactly does that mean?
Past Writings on "Maslow Before You Bloom"
Tomaz Lasic actually wrote about this topic with an article of his own in 2009, where he noted the importance of trust in his classroom helped unearth "a brief private chat with one of his students" that led him to question the importance of Bloom's Taxonomy in comparison to the needs of his students. The focus of the pyramid is to have students create and evaluate rather than simple rehearsal and regurgitation. Bloom's Taxonomy isn't so much a buzz word as it was 7 years ago, but it's child - Common Core Standards - most certainly are.
There's a problem with this pyramid, Kathryn Craig also points out in her own LinkedIn article - "you can't do the Bloom stuff until you take care of the Maslow stuff." She reminds us that the age old educational aphorism of "I don't care how much you know, until I know how much you care" also (and maybe more so) applies to teachers.
Lest We Forget
Indeed, how are we going to help students to tackle the basic tenets of knowledge (remember the colors, letters, numbers, and sight words) if they are beaten the minute they arrive at home? If they are sexually abused? If they don't know where their next meal is coming from?
I'd like to think that the average teacher is capable of looking through what "they need to cover" and start to uncover the ridiculousness that students deal with at home (or on the streets) that never permits them to deal with the rigor of our classrooms.
Laura McInerney of LMKco and editor of Schools Week reminds us (in her article on the topic) that "if