Thinking tools

“If one learns from others but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.” Confucian Analects 11.15

Thinking tools help our children with mental processes, such as:

  • solving problems
  • making decisions
  • asking questions
  • constructing plans
  • evaluating ideas
  • organising information

They support different types of cognition; information processing, enquiry, creative thinking and reasoning. We aim to stimulate our learners to use and apply thinking skills habitually.

Some of the tools we use are:

Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
These are used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge. Each hat and its corresponding colour represent a different viewpoint.

Graham Watts‘ HOT tools
Higher Order Thinking Tools (HOT tools) bring literacy and thinking skills together.  The 10 HOT tools give form and shape to thinking and provide a structure to turn thoughts into extended writing.


Carol Dweck‘s Growth Mindset
Teaching a growth mindset encourages children (and adults)  to believe their basic qualities can be developed through dedication and hard work, which not only helps to create resilience and perseverance but also fosters a love of learning.  On the other hand, those with a fixed mindset believe that talent alone creates success without effort.