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Why use Thinking Hats?

By using Thinkg Hats in the classroom students think clearly and thoroughly by directing their thinking attention in one direction at a time--facts, creativity, benefits, cautions, feelings, and process. Also Students learn to reflect on their thinking and to recognise that different thinking is required in different learning situations. As students put on a thinking hat, they take on that role indicated by the hat.


The Six Thinking Hats® provides a wonderful framework for

thorough thinkingcap.gifthinking to help students[3]:

  • Conduct a richer, more balanced exploration of any subject.

  • Become independent thinkers.

  • Objectively guide group discussions.

  • Evaluate alternatives constructively.

  • Improve research and writing skills.

  • Think thoughtfully before speaking.

  • Listen more intently to the views of others to gain a deeper understanding of issues.

  • Present ideas with more confidence to teachers, peers, parents, and community groups.

  • Solve problems.

  • Make well thought through choices.

Using THINKING HATS in the classroom........
The work of Edward de Bono has given educators a repertoire of strategies to use with their students. The six thinking hats can be used to develop thinking skills and are most effectively used when they are taught within a context or real life issue.

There are various ways Thinking Hats can be used in the classroom. Some of these are:
  • Using hats in a group setting where each member thinks using the same hat at the same time on the same challenge which is called focused parallel thinking.
  • Each student in a group setting wears a different hat.
  • Students only focus on 2 or 3 Thinking hats, which could be chosen by the Teacher.

Used effectively Thinking Hats can help children to structure their thoughts; plan and write essays; see all sides of the argument, develop parallel thinking and think creatively. The Six Hats are simple and yet very powerful to use. They apply to all ages and across the ability range.

-----------------Activities and Resources to use in the classroom--------------------k
Hat Templates
Choose one of these hat templates to design your own Six Hat activities for the classroom. Enlarge them onto A3 or poster sized cardboard to use for group brainstorming activities.

A planning matrix that includes a useful explanation of the Six Hats as well as space for designing your own activities [2].

Six Hat Posters
Display these posters of the Six Thinking Hats in the classroom or use them for thinking activities or group brainstorming. They include the name of the hat and prompting questions to guide discussions or problem solving [3].

Responding to Literature
This overview breaks questions and prompts for discussing and responding to literature into six sections that correspond to deBono's Six Hats. Use them to engage students when focusing on literature.

Book Report using Thinking Hats
Students can follow the guide to help them consider all ways of thinking about their book, and to help them write a Book Report using all Six Thinking Hats.

Reflective Activities using Thinking Hats
The purpose of these hats is to provide questions to guide students in responding to/ reflecting on activities.


-Classroom- Displays mmHere are some ideas on how to display the thinking hats around your classroom.

jjjjjjjjjj Instead of laminating paper hats and sticking them on your wall, try and have real hats on display. By doing this studnts have the practical experience of 'putting on' and 'taking off' a particular hat in any curriculum area.