SOLO Taxonomy: Thoughts on how to implement

February 8, 2015

“There should be one … and preferably only one obvious way to do it” versus “There is always more than one way to do it”. Over the past 12 years I have seen many different approaches to implementing SOLO as a common language of learning across a school. Much like teaching and learning the same […]

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SOLO Posters in French

July 24, 2014

I am excited to announce that designer Nick Denton has just finished the French language versions of the HookED SOLO Posters series. I suspect you will love the effect created with the handwritten text as much as I do. These exuberant designs complement the English and Te Reo Māori posters. Click on the thumbnail to […]

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SOLO Fortune Teller

July 19, 2014

Stepping into the Twitter stream is not unlike Ruby’s experience of watching a garage sale. There is a lot of sifting, shoving and shushing going on, along with the opportunity to see tweets being tossed and turned in people’s minds and then laid back down again. The following Tweet from @MsHMFL got tossed and turned […]

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SOLO Posters in Te Reo Māori

December 9, 2013

I am loving the Twitter feedback on the stunning Te Reo Māori SOLO Posters launched today. Designer Nick Denton has taken the translations by Dr Ngaere Roberts and Matthew Fraser and created two sets of SOLO posters in Te Reo Māori. Nick used a reverse print of the original SOLO posters. The Te Reo posters […]

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Drive-through generosity, pay it forward and SOLO Taxonomy.

October 23, 2013

One of the things I enjoy about the day job is the opportunity to work with different teachers in many different learning places and spaces across New Zealand. I am always turning up someplace new, working with teachers on classroom based approaches to SOLO Taxonomy and then leaving again. It is not unlike the process […]

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Revisiting analogy.

August 11, 2013

Modelling the process of making an analogy is an on-going challenge for educators. In my previous consultancy I developed a visual process map and self-assessment rubric to help students unpack existing analogies or create their own. It worked in part but I was never terribly happy with it. Oftentimes the output of the activity seemed […]

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How to introduce SOLO Taxonomy

July 22, 2013

Introducing a school community to SOLO Taxonomy (Biggs and Collis 1982) is a little like squeezing yourself into a Captain Kirk onesie and imagining yourself standing on the deck of the Enterprise. “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek […]

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HookED Describe Plus Plus Map Posters

July 21, 2013

They call it “the one map to rule them all” or “the exploded describe map” Wellington designer Nick Denton has captured the power and the presence of the HookED SOLO Describe ++ Map in his latest SOLO poster designs. I am delighted to report that two versions of these posters are now available for purchase […]

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It is a Nick Denton design – unpacking the art in SOLO.

February 18, 2013

I commissioned the talented young Wellington designer Nick Denton to explore visual ways of representing SOLO Taxonomy to students – I wanted something a little different from the usual “this is a classroom resource poster” – something that captured both the eye and the imagination of young learners – something powerful and beautiful. Nick worked […]

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SOLO Taxonomy: Making Meaning at ICOT13

January 22, 2013

Liz and I will be presenting at The Sixteenth International Conference on Thinking this afternoon. We are talking about how SOLO Taxonomy can be used to deepen understanding when making meaning of ideas and information through reading , listening and viewing. (Secondary English). You might like to see what we will be sharing with conference […]

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