The Six Thinking Hats

Math Matters

You know that old saying about learning something new every day? I found out about something today that I wish I had known when I was in the classroom. I’m sure it would have made a huge impact on my teaching. Now, I’m thinking this could have a huge impact on my coaching with teachers.

What I found today – and purely by accident – was de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats tool. On his website specifically for schools, the tool is described in the following manner:

“It provides a framework to help students think clearly and thoroughly by directing their thinking attention in one direction at a time–facts, creativity, benefits, cautions, feelings, and process. It’s a simple mental metaphor. Hats are easy to put on and to take off. Each hat is a different color which signals the thinking ingredient. In a group setting each member thinks using the…

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