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SOLO Taxonomy and Hexagonal Thinking

Using hexagons to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively

This book is all about bringing hexagons into the classroom to support and strengthen collaborative, critical and creative thinking and enhance surface and deep understanding. To do so, it draws together two powerful tools for learning: SOLO Taxonomy, a dynamic, levelled but non-linear, recursive model for growth in understanding; and hexagonal thinking, a strategy for finding connections between ideas on separate hexagon tiles, forming clusters and drawing insights from them.

The result is the SOLO Hexagons learning strategy to deepen understanding when students are exploring ideas, fuzzy problems or complex uncertainties.

Ages: 5-18 | Pages: 64 | Code: 51183 | ISBN: 9781776557882

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Pam Hook

Pam Hook is an educational consultant who advises schools and institutions in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the Pacific Islands on developing curricula and pedagogies for learning to learn based on SOLO Taxonomy. She is a popular keynote speaker at conferences. Pam is author of more than 25 books on SOLO Taxonomy, including titles translated into Danish, and has developed a series of SOLO web-based apps, Apple iPad apps and YouTube videos. She hosts collaborative online communities for SOLO practitioners on Twitter @arti_choke @globalsolo and Pinterest


1. Hexagonal thinking and SOLO Taxonomy6
An introduction to SOLO Taxonomy6
An introduction to hexagonal thinking7
2. Collaborative group learning activities12
Classroom discussion15
Addressing collaborative challenges with SOLO Hexagons17
3. An overview of SOLO Hexagons20
Stages in SOLO Hexagons22
Difficulty versus cognitive complexity27
In summary28
4. How to introduce SOLO Hexagons to students29
Introducing SOLO Hexagons in three steps: a working example29
Using the SOLO Hexagons iPad app to introduce hexagons to students34
SOLO Hexagons resources37
5. Using SOLO Hexagons to think critically and creatively39
Critical thinking with SOLO Hexagons39
Creative thinking with SOLO Hexagons41
6. Extending hexagonal thinking43
SOLO Reverse Hexagons43
SOLO Connectagons – concentric hexagons45
SOLO academic verb maps46
Index of exhibits and templates63