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One strategy for helping students to make sense of complex ideas is hexagonal thinking.
From Ewan McIntosh‘s notosh site:
“If your students have been deep immersing themselves in conflicting, complex ideas for some time, there will come a point when it’s essential to make sense of things. One effective tool for beginning to synthesise ideas is Hexagonal Thinking.
In Design Thinking, and in other deep stretches of thinking, we can all get muddled by the complexity of the ideas before us. It is a difficult mental task to work out what connects to what, which ideas are more outliers on their own, and which concepts tie to the core of the challenge we’re exploring. Linear thinking, where ‘a’ causes ‘b’ to happen is great for textbook writers, but isn’t the way the world works. How can we help students make sense of information in a why that also shows up the complex connections and sub-connections between ideas, concepts and facts?”
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