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-StructuralUni-StructruralMulti-StructuralRelationalExtended Abstract
What is a hexagon sir?Identifies ONE hexagonIdentifies several hexagonsConnects hexagons and explains connections with annotationsStudents can cluster hexagons adding annotations to make generalisations about an intersection point.

These photos show some of the outcomes from the session.

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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.


The Learning Spy on hexagonal learning/

Top image from Flickr