This week combined RISE and our second session on Solo Taxonomy with Tom. In an effort to work smarter, I decided to video a lesson on Hexagonal Mapping that I could present on both days.
I selected a group of 6 students who are a part of my Newman group. I knew these six students were very knowledgeable and would bring lots of varied ideas to the task however it was their thinking skills that I wanted to observe. The students were all interested in Hexagonal Mapping and were given a quick explanation of how it worked. I explained to the children that we were looking for connections among the collective ideas.
The students worked well together and engaged in conversation throughout the task. Their ability to communicate their thinking demonstrated a relational level of understanding of the topic, 'Living Things'. The students worked 'quickly' at times and needed to be reminded to slow down, observe and think. Having a group of six meant that some students were not as active in the conversation.
Having had to opportunity to share my video on two separate occasions has provided me with lots of great feedback on how I can improve my practice and also assist my students in developing the thinking skills. With my RISE partner, Emily, we discussed 'collaboration' and how understanding what this means allows for greater student participation and shared responsibility within a group task. We discussed including some of our own meeting protocols in the classroom and establishing a criteria for collaboration with our students.
I look forward to our next lesson and experimenting with Hexagonal mapping across a variety of KLA's.
Emily, thank you for your feedback and affirmations. I have enjoyed putting our heads together to come up with some great ideas on how we can continue to improve our teaching practice.