In our last workshop on ‘Bloom’s Taxonomy and Testing’, I wanted to focus on critical thinking, comprehension questions, and types of activities we usually give our students in their formal exams.
Active, enthusiastic and innovative as usual three teacher trainers of English from Oran , Mrs Khettou , Ms Serradj and Mr Saha under the supervision of Mr Djellouli, Inspector of National Education (Oran west) with the collaboration of Mr Louznadji (Oran east) have shown again their high level of competency in organizing a new seminar for us. Indeed, we were nearly 70 teachers from different schools of the Oran state, to attend this Tuesday, March 4, 2015 in Hamou Boutlelis High school. The workshop was on ‘Designing Tests and Exams Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy’.
The workshop started at 8:30 and right from the beginning the mood was established. An introduction to the theme and its objectives was made by Mr Djellouli who started by quoting from John Dewey (1859-1952): “Education shifts from teacher‘s centered to learner’s centered education”. He insisted on the fact that exams had to be as carefully and conscientiously planned as lessons. He stated forth the basis of Bloom’s taxonomy and the workshop officially began. Mr Saha then launched the debate on the definition of “testing” and “assessment” while Mrs Khettou dealt with the cognitive domain of Bloom’s taxonomy. The six levels of this taxonomy were explained in detail. After a short break, Ms Serradj and her colleagues led us to the analysis of our present way of testing based on the official guideline. She enlightened the mastery vs developmental tasks proposed by teachers while Mrs Khettou summarized for us learning according to Bloom’s theory as being the center towards which three ideas of equal importance converged, namely: assessment, content and objectives.
After lunch, various tasks were suggested by our spokesmen and spokeswomen to enrich the existing examiner’s guide. An exhaustive list of activities was given to complete the existing one. Some of them very innovative were welcomed enthusiastically by the audience as a means of improvement for future tests.
All day long, the teacher-trainers have succeeded in keeping the audience “in haleine” by providing us with an infinite number of information on testing. By exchanging their respective experiences, the teachers present at the seminar contributed to make of this meeting a real success, pedagogically speaking. We learnt a lot, we also got nearer to Bloom’s theory and improved our knowledge as far as Bloom’s taxonomy (or taxonomies should I say, since it has been revised) is concerned.
Finally, we have to congratulate and to thank warmly our colleagues and Inspectors for the great work they’ve achieved giving off much of their time to fulfill this interesting workshop.
Last but not least, we are invited to share our future exam papers with our colleagues, teachers and inspectors.
Mrs Malika Allab
Hamou Boutlelis High school
For sure our colleagues devoted too much time and efforts to prepare this seminare simply because it was a successful work which was able to attract all the teachers’ attention.
Thanks a lot for bringing newness and refreshing our minds. Congratulationsfor the good work.
As I was new to the whole school I was scared to start the project with my classmates.
But through time I became more confident as I met great friends who are as follows:
Zakia Kehli: I call her our leader, she really deserves this nickname because she worked hader than us all.
Amel Kechemir: she is the kindest girl I ever met, she welcomed us in her house and she is really a helpful person.
I also met Khadidja Haddadi: well, this girl I can only describe her in one word “shy”.
So we were a successful group who worked hard. Actually I faced a problem which is: I forgot some words of my speech, but the most important thing that I liked about the project is ” Teamwork”
To be honest with you, at the beginning of the project I was not sure in which group I wanted to be, so I joined the music group but I made up my mind and I joined the celebration group, In that group, I worked with three classmates: Amel, Marwa and Khadidja. We became best friends. When we started working, each one of us chose a topic and started working on it.
Every two weeks, we met in a project workshop in order to share and put our work together. At the end we went to Amel’s home and took photos wearing traditional clothes.
In all that, I loved working with my partners, that was probably the best thing that I enjoyed. We also learnt new things about our beloved country Algeria.
The presentation day was really stressful but at the same time exciting, we went to school at 9:00 am in order to decorate the place where we were going to present. And in the afternoon, we went back to school for the presentation.
The groups presented one after another, and all of us did a great job.
Our project taught me a lot about friendship, perseverance and most of all to never give up when the situation worsens and that we can enjoy ourselves while working together. I have also gained more knowledge about the topic I chose.
I did not face many problems except when a member left the group because she had changed the school.
I also felt stressed while presenting the project because I felt I would forget my text and miss everything, but I realized that I was not the only one to have that feeling.
What I liked the most about our project was the funny moments I spent with my team members and on the presentation day too, seeing pupils confident while presenting cheered me up.
Honestly, I would change nothing in my project, because Marwa, Zakia and Khadidja did a great job especially Zakia who led everything.
We worked seriously during this project, we had fun while working side by side.Thanks to the project, I learned to work in group and understand my friends. This will be a nice memory of my 2nd year at high school.
iEARN@lgeria Project Story
Reported by Miss.Kheira Mezough
From Hammou Boutlelis High School.