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SET: Research Information for Teachers (NZCER Press) has published a useful interview on “The who, what, when, where, and why of SOLO Taxonomy.

 

 

Editor Josie Roberts has done a great job in capturing what is worth knowing about the classroom based use of SOLO Taxonomy.  The question and answer format makes the material accessible to teachers. It makes for great professional reading and discussion for those thinking about starting to use SOLO as a model of learning and for those already implementing SOLO with their students.

Here are the Victorian video case studies I have been promising to share for some time. They speak highly of their outcomes using SOLO as a whole school approach. You are welcome to share them in collaborative inquiry with your teachers.

#thrill #will #skill of learning

Derrimut Primary School
Derrimut PS was purpose-built around collaboration with campfires, caves and watering holes allowing for students and teachers to come together and learn. The caves are for deep thinking; the watering holes to share information; and the campfires for when students are telling their learning journey.

Pedagogical practice was strengthened through the school’s involvement in the NPDL Partnership as they used the tools, strategies and processes – like the Collaborative Inquiry Model – to provide a framework for the learning, providing insight, oversight and foresight on learning design. The Six Competencies – Collaboration; Critical Thinking; Creativity; Citizenship; Communication; and Character – combined with the SOLO Taxonomy to enable students, teachers and the school leadership team to have a conversation about student learning and understanding, skills, and depth of thinking. As one student says in the video, these frameworks help students to identify “where we are, where we can improve and what we should try to do next”.

 

Brunswick Secondary College
Brunswick Secondary College staff and students discuss how their Innovation project allowed them to work across three curriculum areas and explore the SOLO taxonomy as a framework for assessment.

Danish design for deep learning

July 19, 2018

Embed from Getty Images How a Danish educator designs for deep understanding during student research in History. The deep understanding is a teaching goal for me – it’s not enough that they know about the war and the war came. They have to understand the consequences and the influences of the historical event on the […]

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Kahukura Cluster Conference

June 2, 2018

“Surface to Deep” on Friday was a remarkable day of teachers sharing their professional practice. Teachers from the Kahukura Community of Learning – Christchurch South Intermediate School, Sacred Heart School, Thorrington School, Addington Primary, Sommerfield School, West Spreydon and Cashmere Primary School – gathered together for a day focused on shifting from surface to deep […]

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SOLO Taxonomy at ESF in Hong Kong

May 28, 2018

Reflecting on the powerful examples of student learning using SOLO shared during my visit to Hong Kong last week Fractions explored through SOLO Hexagons thinking and student co-construction of SOLO rubrics – just fabulous 🙂       Great two days in conversation with thoughtful educators inquiring into the effectiveness of using an explicit model […]

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Learning how to put my face in the water

May 19, 2018

Or Chapter 4. “How do you design rubrics to accompany the authentic assessment?” Pam Hook There can be no more authentic task for a five year old than putting your face in the water when learning to swim. The indispensable conditions for improvement are that the student comes to hold a concept of quality roughly […]

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Extended abstract in Melbourne

March 23, 2018

Working with the Department of Education in Victoria has presented a number of adventures over the past three years. I used to think that nothing could trump the DET workshop with “Shrek” attending. Imagine pedagogical content knowledge required when Shrek is wkshop participant. #SOLOTaxonomy #Melbourne #forgetandragogy #embraceogregogy pic.twitter.com/fTfM1dzhuP — Pam Hook (@arti_choke) November 7, 2017 […]

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Tobias and those Danish verbs

March 6, 2018

One of the best things about revisiting a place is the opportunity for extended conversation to deepen friendships. Life as a #SOLOTaxonomy jongleur never lacks excitement but its itinerant nature precludes many opportunities for the deeply textured conversations that happen when you sit down with people at the end of each day. Returning to Denmark […]

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Master classes in Melbourne

February 22, 2018

Surface to deep learning with SOLO Taxonomy. “The SOLO Taxonomy (Biggs & Collis 1982) has provided a valuable vehicle to identify and support deep learning opportunities in many NPDL schools. It has shown the relationship between surface and deep learning and the importance of scaffolding learning for both.” I am excited to be returning to […]

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Time to Tag a Teacher

November 18, 2017

Do you know any creative and critical thinkers at your school? Essential Resources are running a “Tag a teacher” competition on their Facebook page. Surprise a colleague with some great professional reading for the summer break.

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