I have never used such an approach for an assignment before having previously done very little ‘visible’ planning for my assignments except for putting markings and numbers on my readings in order to classify them. This approach has worked for me in my previous Master’s of Astronomy degree and the first 4 subjects of my current degree.
Below is an image of the first ‘iteration’ of my hexagons. I though I’d start with ‘design'; ‘learning’ and ‘spaces’
Below is an image of the shapes with words written but not sorted or linked
The students enjoyed moving around the room rather than staying seated. Standing up and moving helps the thinking process. We need to, as teachers and me personally, to get students moving in the classroom more.
I have not yet surveyed my students as to what they thought of the activity but i am expecting they will have very positive things to say about it. Once I do survey them i will write a blog about it.