My third bit of inspiration comes directly from Pam Hook and her amazing website (click here). Pam is the guru of SOLO and her site has a bundle of amazing material that you can use in lessons. I like continuity so I aim to use her unique style of logos and resources with my students.
My final piece of inspiration came from the Otonga Road School and the slides that they used to introduce SOLO to younger students. I really liked the way that they mapped out a stick man conversation using a topic that was obviously relevant at that time to the students. A link to that site can be found here.
So what did I do?
To put it into context, two lessons prior to this my students undertook their mock unit test. Last lesson we reviewed their tests and spent the lesson critiquing and redrafting their long answer questions (8 marks each). This lesson I would get students to critique their latest redraft and then introduce SOLO taxonomy. This lesson was also being observed by two local college teachers who have since networked with me to implement SOLO into their AS & A level lessons.
To begin with, I carried on from last lesson and got my students to critique the redraft of their long answer questions. I have removed these slides and picked up where the SOLO stuff began.
I then started the introduction of SOLO taxonomy. First of all I gave a brief introduction about the new way in which lessons would be structured and we would be learning. SOLO is very similar, but more structured than the method I was previously using (a mix of Blooms and the Accelerated learning Cycle). I simply wanted to let students know that things would be slightly different from now on and explain why.
I then got a number of students to get up and be part of the full on introduction. I began by giving each of these volunteers an A3 sheet. Each one had a different stage of SOLO on it. I got them to stand up at the side of the classroom. One by one I introduced them and using the stick men slides as support, I explained the significance of each stage.
The SOLO stage sheets that the volunteers held.
|The SOLO notes page I gave to students. Many |
of them independently stuck these in their books