TRY THIS TOMORROW: HEXAGONAL THINKING
Betsy Potash, in her interview on Cult of Pedagogy, describes hexagonal thinking by saying that “while hexagonal thinking is not new in the world of business and innovation, it’s just making its way into the classroom. It’s a method for considering the connections between ideas and finding the nuances in those connections. If you’re looking for a fresh framework for discussion and critical thinking, this may be just the thing.” Her interview describes how to explain and use hexagonal thinking in both online and face-to-face settings.
Check out her description of the setup, the procedure, and the assessment of using hexagonal thinking. She even offers some ideas of variations and additions to this activity.
Helpful Links and Models:
- Betsy has a free digital toolkit for hexagonal thinking
- Teach Living Poets talks about poetry hexagons
- This site is an online hexagon generator
- Twitter has teachers discussing their own use of hexagonal thinking such as @BonadloJeni in this tweet, teachers using the strategy in PL in this tweet and @c_williamson2 shares her students work with nonfiction here. @KGallagher_SCI is a science teacher who is showing how hexagonal activities make thinking visible.
- An example group activity for character discussion
Try hexagonal thinking in your class to make thinking visible!