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Using Hexagons to Build Critical Thinking Skills

This simple, flexible activity gets students collaborating to make connections between key themes—in any unit you are teaching.

October 22, 2021

Developed by curriculum designer Betsy Potash, hexagonal thinking is an activity designed to get kids thinking critically, making novel connections, debating, and providing evidence to support their reasoning—by visually connecting a series of ideas written on paper or digital hexagons around a theme. Potash offers a video tutorial on making a template and a free downloadable digital tool kit for this collaborative classroom activity. Learn more in the Edutopia article “Using ‘Hexagonal Thinking’ to Deepen Classroom Conversations.”

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