Buzzing about Hexagons

The versatile hexagon! In how many different ways can hexagons add to pupils’ learning?

Pete Sanderson's @LessonToolbox Blog

Cd2kKijXIAQYrFD Avasara Academy girls using the hexagon key word link activity, March 2016

Hexagons. Who knew that bees had the secret to understanding the connections between ideas, concepts and facts? I have been using hexagons with groups of children and teachers over the past year but it took me a while to get it. I had seen them on social media posted by teacher heroes like Russel Tarr (@Russeltarr) and John Mitchel (@Jivespin) and thought they looked interesting, but assumed they were being used for some kind of blockbusters game. I was wrong. It took Ewan McIntosh (@ewanmcintosh)  to show me what was going on when I attended one of his workshops at the Practical Pedagogies conference in October. Because of the way hexagons tessellate (love that word) you can group together key words or ideas and ask students to justify the connections between them. They are…

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