So maybe you keep hearing about hexagonal thinking and how wonderfully it works for unlocking student discussion online, but you just can’t quite wrap your head around how it.
I hear you.
Today, let’s walk step by step through how you can use my free digital hexagonal thinking kit to design an activity for your students for tomorrow. If you haven’t yet, you can sign up for the kit below, so you’re ready for action when you finish reading this post! You’ll also join a community of 40,000+ other creative teachers who receive my Friday emails full of ideas for creative teaching.
Before we start, you might want to scan through this digital gallery of hexagonal thinking in action in other ELA classes over at We Are Teachers. I created this with examples from some of the amazing teachers in my Facebook group, Creative High School English (come join us!).
1. Start by Selecting Big Ideas relating to your unit to put on your Hexagons
In hexagonal thinking, the really interesting conversations come when students debate how to connect the ideas, characters, books, social movements, artistic pieces, famous figures, etc. that are on their hexagons. So start right where you are in class. Maybe you’re in the middle of a book, and you can easily add character names, a few style characteristics of the book, the author’s name, and related books you’ve read. Then you go a step further and list some things going on in modern politics or art that relate, or parts of history that could connect. Maybe you include a specific meaningful quotation or two. There’s no one right way to do this.
#2 Screenshare to show Students the Examples in the Kit of Hexagonal Thinking in Action
Before diving into the activity for the first time, take a second to walk your students through what the work can look like. There are three different examples in the kit, showing the set up, the final web, and the written connections. Choose one or two to show your students.
#4 Guide Students in Sharing their Work