6 Thinking Hats

Edward De Bono

Dr. Edward De Bono
Edward De Bono is a world-known expert in creative thinking. The 6 Thinking Hats is one such technique. The main idea is to have the group only ³wear one hat at a time´ when considering a problem. The wearing of the hat is metaphorical. At any one time, everyone will wear the same colour, in other words, look at the problem at hand from only one perspective, the perspective indicated by the hat colour.


Graphic Organisers) What are the good points of being tall? .Yellow Hat Activity In small groups of 3: (Group Roles.


. Read the and write what you think might be wrong with the design. Identify the weaknesses in this new kind of bicycle.Black Hat Activity In small groups of 3: Look at the All-Weather Bike.


Red Hat Activity By yourself: Listen to this piece of music. Write down how this piece of music makes you feel? Music .


It is inside the box.White Hat Activity Small groups of 3: Look at the box and pretend that some one has bought you a pet. Write down all of the facts you would like to know about this pet? Write all you questions in the space below. .


Green Hat Activity Go back to the All-Weather Bike. . Now go back and look at how we can overcome these weaknesses? Do you have any better ideas for an all weather bike? Draw or write your explanations on the back of the All-weather bike sheet. We have looked at all the weaknesses of this new type of bike.


2. We are actually using the blue hat whenever we suggest the next hat to be used.The Unique Blue Hat The blue hat is different from the other hats because it is involved with directing the thinking process itself. Can someone recall what we decided to talk about? At the end to summarise what thinking has been done ± Think of a sentence that tells about what we have been doing today? 1. The blue hat need not be acknowledged at every turn however there are some points which it is often helpful i.e. At the outset of a discussion ± Lets decide what we want to think about and which hats we will use? At a midpoint to restate the thinking goal ± I think we are getting away from what we wanted to talk about. 3. ..

.Blue Hat Activity In a small group of 3: Complete the thinking steps map for FOX IN A FIX.

Single Hat and Sequence Use   The hats can be used singly at any point in thinking. The black hat followed by the green hat may be used to improve a design. (All Weather bike) . In general. this is the major use. The hats are used as a convenience for directing thinking and for switching thinking. For example. the yellow hat followed by the black hat may be used to assess an idea. Simple sequences of two or three hats may be used together for a particular purpose.

Students can: Explain the thinking for each hat Practice orally the appropriate thinking for each hat Give example of the hats i.Yearly Overview Term 1 Strategy Six Thinking Hats (one at a time) Student learning outcome. yellow hat ideas etc Students can: Explain the evaluation sequence Employ yellow hat and black hat thinking Students can: Explain the caution sequence Effectively employ black hat and white hat thinking Students can: Explain the design sequence Effectively employ blue. 2 Hat sequence (evaluation) Hat Sequence (caution) Hat Sequence (Design) 3 4 . green hat and red hat thinking.e.

Evaluation Sequence To discover the positive aspects and negative aspects of an idea.   . You could follow up with the green hat (new ideas) and red hat (feelings) thinking. You use the yellow hat before the black hat. Swapping toys with friends. Examples: Consider positive and negative Not doing homework one night.

Caution Sequence Looking critically at situations. Then use the black hat to discover difficulties.   . Examples: consider the consequences Throwing most of your lunch in the bin everyday. Not letting someone know where you are going. You are first considering facts with the white hat. This can be followed up with some blue hat or red hat thinking.

Use the blue.   . green and red hats. Example: use design sequence to create A better toothbrush Alternatives to homework.Design Sequence Encourage students to create new ideas. products or improvements to existing designs.

Other Sequences Red + White  Comparing fact and opinion Black + Yellow + Green  Comparing and synthesising (coming up with new ideas from the known) White + Blue  What do we know (facts) and where are we going (planning) .

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