Six Thinking Hats

Also known as: de Bono's Six Thinking Hats, lateral thinking, parallel thinking

Six Thinking Hats supports the exploration of a problem from different perspectives in order to move beyond obvious answers to creative solutions. It:

  • supports educators to differentiate learning as each hat represents a different lens for thinking (white: logic, red: emotion, black: caution, yellow: optimism, green: creativity, and blue: control)
  • encourages all students to participate and develops their critical, creative and innovative thinking skills
  • was developed by Edward de Bono in 1986.

Six thinking hats

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How to use with ICT

  • Explore a range of templates on the Thinking skills activity card to further engage students in higher order thinking.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
De Bono Six Thinking Hats by Dr, Edward de Bono De Bono Six Thinking Hats Dr. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats website. Short description about his creative thinking technique and a link to his book.
Coburg North Primary Schools Thinking Hats Coburg North Primary Schools Thinking Hats A collection of resources to support the implementation of thinking tools such as de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.
Six thinking hats - University of South Australia Thinking and mind tools Thinking and mind tools to support students engaging in thinking about their learning. Scroll down to see information about de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.


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