Thinking Hats For Assessment
By Judith Stanbridge and Bridget Spain, Wakari School.
Can thinking hats be used as a means of assessing the children’s deeper understanding of topic work?
The hats have been used as a teaching strategy over a few years. Our study involved New Entrant andYear 2 children. Some of the New Entrant children had only been at school a very short time andtherefore has only a brief exposure to the hats.
After our pirate topic we put out the coloured thinking hats for the children to see.•
We interviewed each child saying “ I want you to do some thinking. What can you tell me about pirates?”•
We recorded each child’s comments on the digital voice recorder.•
We recorded the number of hats used and which particular hats were used by each child.•
We recorded each child’s comments on the digital voice recorder.
After the first test we found that all the children used the white hat with some using the black hat. Theaverage use of hats was 2. The most was 5. This was the same for both groups.•
Similar results were obtained after the final test except that the red hat was the second most commonhat used.•
When we prompted the children to use different hats they were able to make comments using more of the hats.
Initial Hats Data Year 0
name red yellowblackwhite green blue
1 1 1 22 1 1 1 1 1 53 1 1 1 34 1 15 1 1 26 1 1 1 37 1 1 1 38 1 19 1 1 210 1 1 2