Six Thinking Hats in Schools

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Programme summary
The Six Thinking Hats methodology of thinking was invented by dr. Edward de Bono, world expert of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. The Six thinking hats helps students and teachers become more effective, innovative thinkers. In traditional thinking, we constantly find ourselves in conflict. Each side seeks to criticize the other point of view. The Six Thinking Hats method, however, encourages parallel thinking, where everyone explores all sides of an issue at the same time. In parallel thinking, confrontation is replaced by a cooperative exploration of the subject. It encourages the sharing of information, reduces argument, and allows talkers to think and thinkers to talk. This course shows how can teachers help students to think. The participants will receive all the teaching material needed for effective integration of the Six Thinking Hats in teaching practice.

The main objective of the course is to prepare participants to use the methodology of six thinking hats
while teaching other subjects (languages, social studies, science, math, art, music),
for conflict resolution and conflict avoidance and
for leading school sessions and meetings.
By the end of the course participants will have a substantial understanding of (creative and constructive) thinking framework and models (following dr. Edward de Bono’s methodology).

The course is designed as an interactive process with emphasis on establishing a mentor relationship between participants and trainer. It follows two-way communication process including discussions, interactive games, working in groups and pairs, presentations, case studies, thinking techniques and individual activities. The focus is on experiential learning and workshop approach. The participants will also receive a workbook with session’s summaries and descriptions of activities used. We will recommend them interesting literature for further study.

Programme day-by-day
Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.

An introduction to parallel thinking and the six thinking hats concepts
Teaching the Hats
Student overview lesson

Blue Hat: Manage the thinking process, focus, next steps, action plans
Red Hat: Feelings, hunches, gut instinct, and intuition
White Hat: Data, facts, information known or needed

Yellow Hat: Values and benefits. Why something may work
Black Hat: Difficulties, potential problems. Why something may not work

Green Hat: Creativity - possibilities, alternatives, solutions, new ideas
Student Activities

Sample applications
Project work

Key learning points.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.

Course organiser
Primera Group
Ljubljana, Slovenia

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