Thinking with hexagons
This is great technique to assess student understanding, to allow students to demonstrate progress and to allow them to connect their learning.
In an earlier post we outlined how SOLO taxonomy (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) provides a structured framework for students to use to progress their thinking and learning. In my teaching, allowing students to connect their knowledge, the use of hexagons has proven to be a very successful technique.
For a year 11 revision session I produced sheets of hexagons that contained all the key vocabulary for a unit on Earthquakes. Students cut out the hexagons (2 mins) and then, working in small groups, had to discuss how they would organise and connect the hexagons.
Pre-Structural Uni-Structrural Multi-Structural Relational Extended Abstract What is a hexagon sir? Identifies ONE hexagon Identifies several hexagons Connects hexagons and explains connections with annotations Students can cluster hexagons adding annotations to make generalisations about an intersection point.
These photos show some of the outcomes from the session.
Students are given a set of laminated hexagons and asked to write key words from the topic on them.
having written their own hexagons out students then have to link together related words. Once they have done this, they can then start to construct sentences that link the key words together
Ask students to arrange the hexagons in sequences and clusters and justify with detailed annotation any connections made.
Top image from Flickr