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A Bright Idea for Thinking Hats




Welcome back to another Bright Ideas post!

Slide1Most of you will be familiar with DeBono’s 6 Thinking Hats.

For those of you who aren’t, the 6 different coloured hats represent 6 different ways of thinking:

White Hat: Facts
Black Hat: Cautions
Yellow Hat: Benefits
Red Hat:  Feelings
Green Hat: Creativity
Blue Hat: Process

At my school we use the Thinking Hats to use different ways to think about tasks, problems and any number of activities. That said, it can be a little challenging for my Foundation students.

Thus, (many years ago!) I purchased these fun glitter hats from the local dollar store and any time an activity calls for a Thinking Hat, we pull them down and we wear them!

Slide3I’ve found that the kids really enjoy having the hands on, physical representation of the type of thinking they’re trying to undertake – it’s also a fabulous reminder for them that there ARE different ways of approaching a task because they can see the hats displayed all the time in the classroom.


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  1. I love this idea and that there is a physical connection to there thinking!! Yes!!

    Curls and a Smile

  2. So fun! What a great way to keep them engaged and THINKING!

  3. I wasn’t familiar with the hats concept but went and did some quick research. What an awesome idea to keep the concepts visually in their minds. I love this Bright Idea!
    Deb at Fabulously First

  4. I love thinking hats! As a former GT teacher, I know the power of this strategy. Great post idea!

  5. Love those glittered hats! I’ve forgotten about Thinking Hats. I’m on my way to find out more… Thanks for sharing!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  6. I know your students love this idea! How great of you to make it so fun for them. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Teaching,
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)

  7. How fun for the students to be able to actually have a hat to refer to when use their thinking hat. Such a fun idea!
    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  8. I’d never heard of DeBono’s thinking hats before! I love the idea of getting the kids to think about their thinking!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  9. I haven’t heard of this idea but it looks great! Anytime you can use visual references for what you expect kids to do, it’s a win!

    My Bright Blue House

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