Hexagonal thinking

Hexagonal thinking is a classroom strategy where students are given hexagonal tiles with ideas, questions or facts which they arrange so that related tiles are next to each other, essentially building a web of connections. It:

  • can be differentiated by the teacher by using pre-filled tiles and/or blank tiles which students fill in their own ideas
  • challenges students to demonstrate higher levels of understanding through explaining the relationships between sets of tiles
  • complements Hexagonal planning.

Hexagonal thinking

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Learning activity templates

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How to use with ICT

Students can work on an interactive hexagonal thinking activity in small groups or individually. They can generate their own hexagons, with individuals or groups contributing a given number to a class set that is then discussed and worked with together.

Single computer

Use one of the templates below or the HTML5 Hexagon Generator and project the tiles. Students discuss and must agree on which tiles should be connected, and the final result shared with the class.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
Using hexagon learning for categorisation, linkage and prioritisation by Russel Tarr Using hexagon learning for categorisation, linkage and prioritisation A guide to using hexagonal thinking in the classroom, with a case study, extension suggestions and links to other resources.
The awesome six-sided world of hexagonal thinking by Chuck Taft The Awesome Six Sided World of Hexagonal Thinking A history teacher talks about how he has used hexagonal thinking activities in the classroom. Includes videos and pictures, as well as links to more resources.
Making connections with hexagonal thinking by Ewan McIntosh Making connections with hexagonal thinking Looks at using hexagonal thinking from a design point of view.


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