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Hexagonal Learning

Yesterday, I posted about SOLO, a taxonomy that is somewhat similar to Bloom’s, but is presented to the students differently and used for assessment in some schools.  SOLO has 5 different stages, and one of the more interesting activities that I’ve seen for engaging students in the later stages (multi-structural, relational, extended abstract) is called Hexagonal Learning.  This activity could be adapted to pretty much any subject and any age level (for non-readers, one could use pictures).  The students are given numerous hexagons that have words related to the topic, and must arrange the hexagons to show how the words connect to each other.  This post on Hexagonal Learning, by David Didau, gives a great explanation of how he used it with a study of Macbeth.

What is intriguing about the use of the hexagons is the many ways that groups of students could interpret the relations between the words.  I also like David’s suggestion of using the connecting nodes in order to develop more abstract questions and conclusions about the learning.

You do not have to be well-trained in SOLO to see the value of this technique.  And tomorrow’s post (or David’s – if you read it carefully) will give you a cool technology resource for bringing this into your classroom.

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Engage Their Minds will be on a hiatus from 7/9/12 to 7/15/12.  New posts will begin again on 7/16/12.

QR Code Year-End Reflection

I have created a Year-End Reflection Tic-Tac-Toe board for my students that I would like to share with you.  Each cell in the board, when scanned using a smart device with a free scanning app, will take the user to a web page with a thought-provoking question to help him or her to assess the learning that has been accomplished this year.  You can download this board for free.  If you are interested, I am selling a packet for $1 on Teachers Pay Teachers and on Teachers Notebook.  The $1 packet includes 4 different boards, ideas for using them, a blank tic-tac-toe template, and instructions for creating your own QR tic-tac-toe board using Weebly and Kaywa.

Click QR Code Reflection Tic-Tac-Toe to download your free PDF!

Teacher’s Notebook

I have a new store on Teacher’s Notebook, and I am featuring two new products on it, in addition to my Easter Creative Thinking Packet.  There is a packet for primary students (1-3) to do research on a country using Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity.  There is also a Spring Creative Thinking Packet.  I still have my store on Teachers Pay Teachers, and the items offered will be identical and at the same price.  However, I will make a 100% profit on Teacher’s Notebook, so that is why I have changed the button on this blog.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 13-19 has been designated as Random Acts of Kindness Week.  The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has many resources, including:  monthly calendars, posters, and cards.  They also offer bookmarks, videos, and other links on their RAK Week page.  For another twist on an activity for next week, you can also check out my Random Acts of Kindness QR Codes.

Brain Games

One of my colleagues, Ginny Daniels, mentioned this fascinating show on National Geographic, and I had to look it up for myself.  Apparently, I missed the airing of the episodes, but National Geographic has video clips available online, as well as some games and other resources to challenge your own perceptions.  One of the fascinating episodes has a clip involving “fooling your brain” using a rubber hand.  If nothing else, this site shows how important it is for us to think about our thinking.