Using Six Hat Thinking in the South African Classroom.
In 1985 Dr Edward de Bono developed the “Six Thinking Hats” method, an important and powerful thinking process that helps people become more productive and focused. “Six Thinking Hats” asks learners to think about an idea, decision, or problem from six different perspectives or view-points. Each perspective is represented by a different coloured hat. This directed thinking encourages learners to move outside their usual thinking style, and helps them to get a more rounded view of a situation. They have to consider multiple perspectives or points of view before making a full judgment or making a decision about the idea, or problem.
“Six Thinking Hats” activities can be used in small groups or in full classes and are readily adaptable to all grades, phases and subjects.
What is this course about?
Dr. Edward de Bono was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He went on to hold appointments in Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard universities. He not only works in education but also with business and government. He has written 45 books with translations into 27 languages. Dr de Bono developed the most widely used programme for the direct teaching of thinking in schools – the CoRT programme. He is also the author behind “parallel thinking,” the term used to describe a learning method in which all members of a group collaborate to explore—rather than argue or endlessly debate—a subject.
In 1985 Dr Edward de Bono developed the “Six Thinking Hats.” This thinking methodology asks students to think about an idea, decision, or problem from six different perspectives and to move outside their usual thinking style to get a more rounded view of a situation.
“Six Thinking Hats” can be applied to any subject, phase or age group. Students can use it to:
- Discuss topics, subjects
- Problem solve
- Look at different alternatives or ways of doing something
- Reach decisions
- Brainstorm or gather ideas or information
- Research, organise and write reports
- Or just to extend their thinking in a fun way
The course covers the following:
- An introduction to de Bono and to Six Hat Thinking
- The misconceptions people have with regards to thinking
- Classroom Management in a thinking classroom
- White Hat, Red Hat, Yellow Hat, Black Hat, Green Hat and Blue Hat thinking.
- A variety of activities using Six Hats Thinking that can be implemented in the South African classroom
- Assessment tools
Who should be doing this course?
All teachers who want to develop directed thinking in young people of all ages.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of why it is necessary to teach children to think
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Six Hat Thinking tools
- Demonstrate the ability to use these tools and to integrate them into the CAPS curriculum.
How your final mark is calculated?
Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the quizzes. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 75%. This means that even if you fail a few of the quizzes, if your marks in the other quizzes are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!
- Lectures 11
- Quizzes 4
- Duration 20 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 2
- Certificate No
- Assessments Yes
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the training I had in using De Bono’s Thinking Tools with both Mr Brian Mitchell at Redhill Preparatory School (Current Executive Headmaster at Steyn City School in Johannesburg,) and Mr Willie van Straaten, (a parent at Redhill Preparatory School and businessman) and to thank them both for setting me on this life journey of teaching learners how to think. The information in this section is sourced from a variety of resources and is for teacher reference only. Some of the material has been adapted for use in the classroom. The content has been taken from and is based on ideas presented in: • De Bono’s Thinking Course ISBN 0-563-37073-4 • Teaching Thinking ISBN 0-14-013785-8 • Teach your Learner to Think ISBN0-14-012830-1 • Six Thinking Hats ISBN 0-14-029662 • www.edwdebono.com • www.edwdebono.com/cort
Using Six Hat Thinking in the Classroom.
Now that we have a good understanding of the different types of thinking represented by the different coloured hats, we need to try and use all six hats in the classroom showing our learners how we can move from one type of thinking to another, just by changing the colour of our hat.
Some resources for you to use, based on this course, to get you started! Enjoy!