This week, I am revisiting some of my tried and true favorite end-of-the-school-year activities. For today, I want to refer you to my post on hexagonal reflection. This was one of those ideas that could have completely flopped, but was way more successful than I anticipated. The students (2nd graders!) were so incredibly thoughtful in their responses that I regretted not having done this with every class since the beginning of my career. For one of my more recent posts about hexagonal thinking, which may be helpful if you are still doing online teaching, check out, “Using Hexagonal Thinking Virtually.” I know this is deep, and the end of the year is generally fun and games, but if you want to help your students connect the dots of everything they have learned this past year and really seal in new knowledge and insights, please give this a try!
Think Link is a Beta site brought to us by David Riley, creator of one of my favorite teacher resources of all time, Triptico. If you have not read my review about Triptico, you can click here – or just go directly to his site to download this magnificent educator toolbox.
Think Link is a neat way to integrate technology into the activity that I wrote about yesterday – Hexagonal Learning. On the Think Link site, you can create your own board of hexagons, add notes to each one, and manipulate them. You can save your boards to be used whenever you like on that computer. This is an alternative to cutting out a lot of hexagons to distribute to your students. Think Link could be used for your students to generate hexagon words as a class about a particular topic. The board could be saved, and then different student groups could create their own relationships with the words to show their understanding of the topic.
I highly recommend trying a Think Link activity with your students this year.