Creative and Critical Thinking with the Brain-Friendly Six Hats®

Use Your Bean as YOU Design Curriculum and Expand Thinking with Six Thinking Hats®!

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White Hat® – Facts and Information, Researchredhat

 Red Hat® – Feelings and Intuition


Yellow Hat® – Benefits and Feasibilityblackhat

 Black Hat® — Caution, Difficulties, and Assessment

Green Hat® – Alternatives and Creative Ideas

greenhatBlue Hat® – Thinking about the bluehatThinking Process, Metacognition


The Six Hats® Curriculum Design Matrix, a tool that provides effective divergent and convergent thinking to teaching and learning.  Students can also design questions and create energizing, student-led discussions.

SixHatsMatrixCurriculum Design Matrix to connect text to text, text to self, text to technology, text to world!    

Teachers collaborate to learn the Six Hats® processes!

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“A special thank you to Franny for introducing me to the thinking hats and opening me up to becoming a better teacher by teaching my students to think about thinking.” Jena Brodhead, Easton Area School District


Six Hats in a row

This effective communication tool teaches us to SEE AND FOCUS our thinking using six strategies to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Revolutionizing communication, Six Hats® encourages students to lead discussions and add detail to their writing.  The workshop will prepare you to visualize and color your thinking … white, red, yellow, black, blue, green!  It teaches us to

  • think using six strategies
  • problem solve
  • make clear decisions
  • design quality questions
  • self assess
  • collaborate more effectively

 “Develop Critical and Creative Thinking Skills: Put on Six Thinking Hats®,” PA Educational Leadership

Socratic, Six Hats®, Seminars

Six Hats®  Rigor Tracker – Questions Asked and Student Responses

Six Thinking Hats®  (Downloads a pdf file containing Six Thinking Hats® Cards: Key Words, Applications, Standards, and Examples)

MCj01051880000[1] How to Differentiate Instruction Using Six Hats® and 6 Product Choices- PowerPoint

Getting Started: How to Teach Six Hats® to Your Students

Impact of Six Thinking Hats and Assessment, Jennifer Hauck, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Edward DeBono’s Six Hats® and Benjamin Bloom’s Higher Order Thinking Questioning Card

Teacher Made Materials

Six Hats in a row


Teachers enjoy learning, collaborating and moving with Six Hats!link divider

The Hare and the Tortoise


What Six Thinking Hats® Can Do For You!

The HATS® provide a simple and practical way to teach thinking as a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved. The HATS® show that thinking is essential to improving writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

  • The method provides a simple, concrete way to teach thinking.
  • The colors and hats provide a useful visual image that is easy to learn and remember.
  • The SIX HATS® method may be used at the simplest possible level but may also be used at a very sophisticated level. The framework is simple yet very powerful.
  • It is being used with six-year-olds up to senior executives in some of the world’s largest corporations.
  • The hats provide a framework for organizing thinking so that is no longer a matter of drift and argument. Thinking becomes more focused, more constructive and more productive.
  • The game and role-playing nature of the hats allows for the detachment of ego from the thinking: “This is not me, but my red hat thinking.”
  • The SIX HATS® are so basic that they cut across boundaries of culture and ideology. All the hats are important and are of great value.
  • They are fun and effective to wear everyday, everywhere! So, put on the SIX THINKING HATS® and improve thinking, questioning, and communicating in all academic areas.

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Motivating Workshops

Student-Tested, Student-Centered, Energizing, Hands On, Research Based