De Bono’s Thinking Hats

Summarise de Bono's thinking Hats

Six thinking hats provides a structure for a group discussion. At any given time all participants are thinking in the same direction indicated by one or other of the coloured hats. The thinking hats is a powerful technique that forces us to to move outside of our habitual thinking and focus on the full complexity of any given situation.

WaiLite A:
Makes you look at decisions from a variety of perspectives. Can be used by a range of people from top executives to 4 year olds. Alternative to traditional argument as is faster, more constructive and eliminates egos. Separates the different modes of thinking as our brains cannot think in different directions at once. Enables better decision making as it forces people outside their habitual ways of thinking.
Younger children can start with less hats (e.g. yellow, black and green).
Can be used as a form of self-assessment (e.g. in discussions and worksheets)
Can be used to teach the ways of thinking - causes children to think about their thinking.
Can be used for oral language (e.g. newspaper item 'Tamahere fire' - red hat - how do you feel about this?)

WaiLite B:
All thinkers involved in the same direction at the same time.Gets rid if egos. Creativity within decision making. Wider application than just education. It has the benefit of blocking the confrontations that happen when people with different thinking styles discuss the same problem.

White hat: Data collection, the facts
Red Hat: Emotions
Black Hat: negative points
Yellow Hat: optimistic points/positive
Green Hat: Thinking/Creativity
Blue hat: Process Control (reflecting, thinking)

Develop an example of how you might use this in a classroom / centre / staff meeting

Make an informed decision about the use of bikes in an around school and community.

Should we have a school uniform?

Should we have a class pet? What would be appropriate?
Issue/Problem solving within class/school