SOLO Maps

A Partridge in a Pear Tree Year

October 5, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Perching in the HookED 2017 Pear Tree 2017 is proving to be a great year for progress in the classroom based use of SOLO Taxonomy. Work has taken me to schools across New Zealand and Australia, and to Denmark and Tonga. My efforts to create meaning with others has resulted in […]

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How to use SOLO Maps

October 2, 2017

I am doubly chuffed to report that the ever fabulous architect and designer Nick Denton has finished the last seven SOLO maps in the “How to … series” – of HookED SOLO Map animations. You can view the 14 SOLO Map animations playlist on my YouTube Channel . This body of work matters – is […]

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The importance of WHY?

August 15, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Thinking about discourse analysis and the importance of “WHY” The secondary literacy community has been talking about “why” and where it might fit with SOLO Taxonomy. I’ve tried to play but it seems that my attempts to join in disappear in moderation and my passwords never let me pass. Is easier […]

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Making explanation visible with SOLO Taxonomy

June 25, 2017

I have recently enjoyed thinking with Derek Neve (Waimate High School) about the challenges in making “explanation” visible to senior secondary students (NCEA Levels 1 to 3). When visiting Waimate High School this term Derek challenged me to develop a visual SOLO map and rubric to support a deeper factorial and sequential explanation process than […]

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Essence of wet dog thinking

August 27, 2016

Embed from Getty Images “Less is more” thinking lies at the heart of a SOLO rubric. When we make the SOLO Taxonomy level of learning outcomes visible using text-based success criteria – SOLO differentiated rubrics – we show students that learning outcomes are malleable not fixed. They focus on the strategies that might help shift […]

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HookED SOLO Map Animations

July 24, 2016

New SOLO resources on YouTube The HookED SOLO Map Animations are instructional (how to) video for the SOLO Maps. The first SOLO Maps to be animated: Define, Describe, Sequence, Classify, Compare and Contrast, Generalise, and Predict Each animation is designed by the ever fabulous Nick Denton. And yes I will be uploading more SOLO Map […]

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School Values and SOLO Taxonomy

July 16, 2016

Embed from Getty Images A question from Siobhan in New Zealand We met when you came to [xxxxxx College] last term. In between one of the slots with the teachers, I was asking you about ways to link SOLO to our school values. You said you may have some ideas that you could share with […]

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SOLO Mapping the Science Capabilities

July 6, 2016

The New Zealand Curriculum Essence statement for science has a brusque confidence and certainty about it. The words know “how”, they know “when” and they know “why”. You can almost feel the words crossing arms with each other, locking hands in front and preparing to move across the river in a series of deliberate steps […]

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Make your own SOLO maps

August 4, 2015

Waimairi School in Christchurch is a hot bed of SOLO innovative practice. The clear focus on relationships and being culturally responsive, teacher effectiveness and student metacognition enables Waimairi staff to use SOLO in extended abstract ways – each visit trumps the previous for making deep learning and higher order thinking visible. Many of my client […]

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HookED SOLO Literacy Stickers

August 3, 2014

This post acknowledges two ever fabulous teachers – Lynley Cummack and Rachel Saxton – and the work they do with primary and secondary students using classroom based approach to SOLO Taxonomy in New Zealand. When I worked with Lynley Cummack (Team Leader for Hurunui Team at Waimairi School) last month, she set me up for […]

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