Today the Year 6 team (minus one unwell grade partner!) met with Tom Barrett to discuss metacognition and the implementation of the SOLO taxonomy. I was feeling very overwhelmed whilst completing the pre-reading - I have never heard of the SOLO taxonomy before, thereby the thought of incorporating it into my teaching and learning sequence seemed impossible!
Tom explained the five levels of the SOLO taxonomy to us in detail, outlining the students' learning outcomes. I already utilise a very basic version of these levels in my classroom when I ask my students to give me a 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' to evaluate their grasp of the content after a lesson. These five levels are much more complex, and will allow me to properly distinguish where my students' knowledge lies before planning how to extend them into the relational / extended abstract level if they are not already there.
I also found the hexagonal thinking task Tom asked us to engage in very interesting - I am looking forward to using this in my classroom, perhaps for a pre-assessment. The hexagonal thinking task allows us to first write down our ideas on a topic, before organising these ideas based on how they relate to each other. My topic was 'herbs' - which terrified me! I did manage, however, to organise my ideas based on their relations, and even extend my thinking by relating these ideas to other schema. This task will be a fantastic stepping stone for my students to practice organising their thinking before I introduce the SOLO taxonomy to them later on.
Thank you Tom for such an informative session!