Playing with Words and Numbers in Early Education

Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats
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Edward De Bono's Six Thinking Hats...

Ideal for
  • idea generation
  • brainstorming,
  • problem solving,
  • group work,
  • imagination and
  • story creating and more...

Suggestions for Use

What are the Six Thinking Hats...
  • White Hat...*The Facts - What are the facts?, What information do I have? What information do I need to find out?
  • Black Hat...*The Negatives - What problems could arise?, What are the disadvantages?
  • Yellow Hat....*The Positives - Why is this a good idea?, What are the advantages and benefits?
  • Red Hat....*Feelings - How do I feel about this? What do I like about these feelings?, What do I not like about these Feelings?
  • Green Hat...*Creativity - What new ideas are possible? What is my suggestion?  How can this be changed or improved?
  • Blue Hat...*The Big Picture - What thinking is needed?, Where are we now? What do we need to do next?
Ideas for using these Six Thinking Hats...
  • Encourage children to reflect upon their 'Thinking' and learn to apply different ways of thinking for different situations.
  • Of course these concepts can be introduced in a simple form for the young ones, allowing them just to become more aware of ways of thinking and to begin building thinking strategies...
  • Use these hats as a guide to reflect upon thinking types when.....
  • *brainstorming new ideas for classroom management, classroom rules and discipline strategies.
  • *planning class projects such as assembly items, performances
  • *class meetings
  • *problem solving techniques
  • *group projects
  • *book reports / character profiles (how do others think)
  • *discussing cause and effect
  • *show and tell / newstelling
  • *reflecting at 'class sharing circle'

Please add your suggestions for using Six Thinking Hats in the comments below... thanks !

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