Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Education, K-12, Teaching Tools

Chart of Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

Edward de Bono created the idea of  “Six Thinking Hats”, developing a visual representation of the types of thinking that we do in various situations.  You can read more about de Bono’s concept in his book of the same title.  This simple chart briefly describes each Thinking Hat, and how it can be applied in a group problem-solving situation.

In our district’s gifted program, we begin teaching students who are in 2nd grade about the Thinking Hats.  Metacognition is an important skill, and we reinforce it throughout our elementary curriculum.

The “Six Thinking Hats” chart is available on, which has several other charts that could be good classroom resources.  My favorite chart is “Muppet Voices” – though I’m still trying to develop a way to connect it to something educational!

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