In Geography we use the SOLO technique a lot to help the way we structure our writing and to help us become the best that we can be. There are three ways that you can use SOLO to help with your learning: through the teacher making their own steps whilst following the SOLO structure, by making the students create the steps for themselves to do whilst following the SOLO structure and by giving students an exam question for them to do but they have to answer it using the SOLO structure.
We used the first technique in our Geography lesson when it was the start of the new topic about rivers. This helped because we learnt some brief things about rivers but we also went into a bit more depth with other things to do about rivers. This was also useful because it was finished within one lesson and it kept me and the other students interested because we had to move about and it didn’t just involve writing as we also used the iPads and were drawing graphs.
We used the second technique a bit later on in the topic about rivers when we learnt about the Boscastle flood. In this lesson we had to create our own tasks for the structure table shown at the bottom. This helped us show what we thought we were capable of and it gave us a bit more freedom to do what we thought was useful under the watchful eye of the teacher. This turned out very well because everybody cracked on and finished the outstanding work in good time. We decided to make a model out of card and paper Mache (with labels) for the extended abstract stage which we completed and were successful with.
We used the third method not long ago when we had a test on rivers. Many of the students used Solo taxonomy which helped them a lot because almost all the students got great marks, which was helped by the structure of the writing and the detail.