SOLO Hexagons

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SOLO Hexagons

(Based on an idea from AM Hodgson. (1992). Hexagons for systems thinking.European Journal of Systems Dynamics 59 (1): 220-30.)

SOLO hexagons is a great way to introduce students of all ages to SOLO as a model of learning outcomes - loose ideas are important - connecting them in different ways makes them more interesting and shows more complex understanding. Sitting outside the clusters and asking - what is it all about? leads to conceptual understanding, big picture thinking and insight.

SOLO hexagons can be used to determine a student's depth of prior knowledge and understanding before starting to learn. It can also be used as a learning experience prompt to increase and deepen understanding, and to create new understanding by introducing hexagons with additional content - ideas, symbols, images etc.

In this strategy for generating and connecting ideas, the students work in collaborative groups. They:brainstorm everything they know about a given topic (presented as a focus question),such as a text, setting, structure, character, poem, text etc. record each idea or thought on a separate blank hexagon. arrange the hexagons by tessellating the hexagons.

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The outcome differs according to the SOLO level:

in an extended abstract outcome students can explore the node where three hexagons share a corner (or simply look at a cluster of hexagons)and make a generalisation about the nature of the relationship between the ideas.

HookED SOLO Hexagon Generator

Add content to hexagons using the online generator

Download Blank SOLO Hexagon Templates

File:HookED SOLO Hexagons Template Primary Y012.pdf

File:HookED SOLO Hexagons Template Secondary.pdf

Download Sample SOLO Hexagon Templates

File:HookED Hexagons Energy.pdf

Purchase and download SOLO Hexagon Poster

SOLO Hexagon Poster HookED store

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Also refer

Hook, P. and Cassé, B. (2013). SOLO Taxonomy in the Early Years. Making connections for belonging, being and becoming. Essential Resources Educational Publishers Limited. New Zealand.p13 and 14

McNeill and Hook 2012 SOLO Taxonomy and Making Meaning Bk3 Extended texts and thematic studies p8

SOLO Reverse Hexagons

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The SOLO Hexagons process can be usefully reversed in a "what's the connection" thinking strategy.

Strategy 1 – ask students to add annotations to an existing tessellation

Strategy 2 - ask students to choose hexagons to fit a blank tessellation template with existing annotations. (more challenging) – For an example of this strategy used in maths see below

Strategy 3 - ask students to make up their own SOLO Reverse Hexagons template

Note: The Moldiv app recommended by Jivespin blog is great for creating templates for images.

Figure 5.10: End of unit fraction sum up activity sheet page 40 in Hook, Gravett, Howard and John (2014)SOLO Taxonomy in Mathematics. Strategies for thinking like a mathematician

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SOLO Concentric Hexagons

Also known as SOLO Connectagons

Useful for making connections between deeply explored ideas and concepts.

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SOLO Hexagons Examples

SOLO Hexagon Example from Bridget Casse's class at Halsey Drive School Auckland NZ Concentic Hexagon example from Mrs R Wood - Science Teacher (UK) Twitter @MrsRWood

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Blog Posts

SOLO I'm Riding SOLO - Chris Harte

Hexagon Heaven Week - Lisa Jane Ashes

Hexagonal learning - David Didau

Hexagons - Teach it better

- Manyana Education

SOLO Hexagons for Topic Revision- Emma Rawlings Smith

Triptico goes SOLO - Alex Bellars

SOLO Hexagons - I never realised how much I knew Sir - Ed Mosley

SOLO Taxonomy - The Hexagon Challenge - Tait Coles

- Going SOLO with Charles1 - Kerry Turner

SOLO Hexagons Spanish in Grosvenor

Hexagon Templates - SOLO activities - The Geophyte

Looking beyonnd a lesson in SOLO - David Fawcett

Can SOLO and hexagons help students improve their grades - Data Fiend

Using SOLO mark schemes and hexagons to target A* unit 1 exam responses - What we done at school today Blog

Why hexagons are better than square - Chris Harte

My first PE SOLO experiments Wilmslow High School

Going SOLO Learning Matters - Jen Leach

First attempt at using SOLO Taxonomy - The Geography Room

SOLO Hexagons - Adam Cooke

Hexagonal Learning - Julia at Stages of Succession

Hexagonal Learning 2.0 - Kristian Still

Hexagonal Learning - Engage The Minds

JiveSpin Blog - Visual Hexagons

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