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Six Thinking Hats: A Tool to Strengthen Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity Skills

Learn to become an excellent lifelong thinker.

Six Thinking Hats is a time-tested, proven, and practical thinking tool. It provides a framework to help people think clearly and thoroughly by directing their thinking attention in one direction at a time--white hat facts, green hat creativity, yellow hat benefits, black cautions, red hat feelings, and blue hat process.


It's a simple mental metaphor. Hats are easy to put on and to take off. Each hat is a different color which signals the thinking ingredient. In a group setting each member thinks using the same thinking hat, at the same time, on the same thinking challenge—we call this focused parallel thinking.


Six Thinking Hats is a powerful tool that facilitates productive: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. It enables each person's unique point of view to be included and considered. Argument and endless discussion become a thing of the past. Thinking becomes more thorough.


Shift from intellectual understanding--read the book, to, skill building; how to use the method with confidence. Plan to attend one of our Professional Development public events, or, host a custom event for your colleagues. Call Lynda Curtin 818-507-6055 to start your planning process.


Six Thinking Hats pre-reading booklet: click here


Six Thinking Hats has become a basic 21st Century tool kit for proactive business and education thought leaders around the world. To read a variety of business articles and case studies click here.


"The Six Thinking Hats methodology was openly embraced by the advisors and we truly got much more robust output from the meeting than conventional advisory boards."

-  Betsey King, Professional Relations & Education Manager, AstraZeneca


The Six Thinking Hats® Tool Kit


Blue Hat Thinking- Process
  • Thinking about thinking
  • What thinking is needed?
  • Organizing the thinking
  • Planning for action

White Hat Thinking- Facts
  • Information and data
  • Neutral and objective
  • What do I know?
  • What do I need to find out?
  • How will I get the information I need?

Green Hat Thinking - Creativity
  • Ideas, alternative, possibilities
  • Provocation - "PO"
  • Solutions to black hat problems

Yellow Hat Thinking- Benefits
  • Positives, plus points
  • Logical reasons are given.
  • Why an idea is useful

Black Hat Thinking - Cautions
  • Difficulties, weaknesses, dangers
  • Logical reasons are given.
  • Spotting the risks

Red Hat Thinking - Feelings
  • Intuition, hunches, gut instinct
  • My feelings right now.
  • Feelings can change.
  • No reasons are given.

We have a great selection of Six Thinking Hats education materials: shop online

Learning to Love Literature Volume 1

Learning to Love Literature Volume 2

Summary Card for Quick Reference

Six Hats for Creativity

Six Hats Wallet/Pocket Card

Handy Bookmark

Great Sticker

Refridgerator Magnet

Best Selling Book



The Six Thinking Hats® school program provides a wonderful framework for thorough thinking to help administrators, educators, and students

  • Conduct a richer, more balanced exploration of any subject;

  • Become independent thinkers;

  • Objectively guide group discussions;

  • Evaluate alternatives constructively;

  • Improve research and writing skills;

  • Think thoughtfully before speaking;

  • Listen more intently to the views of others to gain a deeper understanding of issues;

  • Present ideas with more confidence;

  • Solve problems;

  • Make well thought through choices.

Testimonials from administrators, principals and teachers:

“My students revel in the metacognitive strategies of Six Hats®. They just love thinking about thinking! Students enjoy the simplicity of the hats and can easily, and purposefully, examine all approaches to problem solving. And, besides that, they'll tell you it's just plain FUN!—Judy Micheletti, Teacher, Berwick School District


"Our work with de Bono's SIX HATS® has been a great base for improving our work with higher level thinking. I often hear references to those darn "White Hat questions", so deadly in large numbers. The awareness created from the SIX HATS® has been valuable.” —Suzanne Herr, Principal, Solanco School District, PA


“I am using the SIX HATS® daily. I refer to them to get the children thinking in a certain direction. What I like about this program is that it gives the students a direction to think towards by the questions on the hats. In the primary grades especially, the students need to develop specific thinking areas. I did an activity where they had to pick a wish and then use white and black hat thinking about the wish. They did a great job. This is the first program I have used that starts students in the direction of thinking critically. They loved the activities especially the green hat. I'm happy with where I'm going especially as I use this with PSSA (state assessment) preparation.” —Debbie Miller, Wilkes Barre School District


"We love the hats. Tara and I introduced our students to them right away on Friday. Our Academic/Honors students were skeptical. My Applied Communications class LOVED them. Since then, with a little encouragement, we have had nothing but success with the hats. Tara’s Journalism class is attacking the school magazine all with hats. My Applied class designed and implemented a new independent novel unit utilizing the hats. My Honors Speech and Debate class has implemented a new peer comment format that revolves around yellow, black, and green hat ideas. My Honors III class is exploring The Red Badge of Courage with the hats. The red hat is especially helpful because they are putting themselves in a few of the characters’ shoes. They also linked the current Jessica Lynch debate (hero or not) to the novel with the hats.”


“After attending the workshop, I was excited about going back to my classroom and trying out the Six Thinking Hats with my ESL students. I found it easy to simplify and adapt to their proficiency levels and they responded with enthusiasm to the visual and tactile presentation of the hats. They were motivated to answer questions and were able to demonstrate increased comprehension of the story. Even my most reluctant student was more responsive to questions. Though many of us are already doing some of the things Franny spoke about in the workshop, The Six Thinking Hats® provides a way for us to create a more multi-sensory learning environment, giving our students a greater chance for success. I found the SIX HATS workshop to be dynamic and inspiring. The Six Thinking Hats® concept is a valuable teaching tool that can be adapted to many areas of learning.” —Karen Lau, ESL Teacher, Luzerne Intermediate Unit


“I attended this workshop with little knowledge of thinking skills and how to develop this concept in the classroom. This seminar introduced skills, developed those skills, and gave me new ideas to work "thinking" into my classroom, and daily life. Franny was a refreshing change of pace to other presenters. She was lively, creative, willing to share ideas and activities, and over FUN! Great workshop; wonderful presenter.”



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