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SOLO Spidergrams and Holistic Measures of Progress

September 20, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Monitoring holistic AND itemised assessment matters, but to paraphrase Chesterton: “Monitoring both holistic and atomised assessment has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” It is easy to come up with contexts where atomised assessment gives an unrealistic picture of student progress in the […]

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Book Review: Using SOLO Taxonomy to Think Like a Scientist

September 19, 2017

The New Zealand Science Teacher has just published a fabulous review of Using SOLO Taxonomy to Think Like a Scientist: How to develop curious minds with the science capabilities. The modern learning environment is rich with information and opportunities for our students, but it is also a bewildering place of misinformation and pseudo-science. The greatest […]

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Feedback using Google Draw and SOLO Taxonomy

August 20, 2017

I am co-authoring a new book – on using SOLO Taxonomy in music with Nikki Booth (UK), Alison Price (NZ) and Lauren Fobister (AUS). The collaboration is focusing on the use of SOLO in formative assessment and self-regulation across primary and secondary settings using the curriculum expectations from three countries. No pressure then. I am […]

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Common discourse markers and SOLO Taxonomy

August 16, 2017

SOLO Text Highlighting is a simple and effective strategy to strengthen student self-assessment. Using SOLO coded discourse markers helps students build fluency when assessing the SOLO level of their learning outcome – and for that matter – next steps – how to strengthen their next piece of text. For more on SOLO text highlighting strategy […]

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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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Swings and Roundabouts and SOLO Taxonomy

June 30, 2017

“Hook and Casse have nailed it!” Working with early childhood educators this week reminded me of the great review we got for SOLO Taxonomy in the Early Years -Making connections for belonging, being and becoming. The book was co-authored with that fabulous early years teacher Bridget Casse Using SOLO Taxonomy as a model, young learners […]

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New Ways of Thinking about the Science Capabilities

June 27, 2017

A new book is always a moment of celebration – a marking of a collaboration stuffed with many examples of how to think with the science capabilities in the context of the material world. Hook, P., and Tolhoek, W. (2017). Using SOLO Taxonomy to Think Like a Scientist. How to develop curious minds with the […]

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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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SOLO Hexagons iPad App

June 19, 2017

Dead chuffed to announce that SOLO Hexagons has just been released on the Apple iPad Store. Love the versatility in new SOLO Hexagons App – the team at CactusLab has developed earlier work by Dave Carpenter and have captured that “sandpit pedagogy” feel that makes SOLO Hexagons such a flexible strategy for shifting students from […]

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SOLO Taxonomy in Gladsaxe Kommune in Denmark

April 23, 2017

Travel involves a lot of alone time – a lot of waiting in public spaces time – with opportunities to observe and new provocation for thinking. Reflecting on the different places visited makes me realise that I prefer to gaze uninterrupted – on this most recent trip – I did not use a camera – […]

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