Thursday, October 22, 2009

6 Thinking Hats

I've done the 7 Habits programme but not Edward De Bono's 6 Thinking Hats.

When Sean said over dinner tonight that in school, they were learning about different coloured thinking hats, I didn't think that he was talking about the 6 Thinking Hats, but he was:

"We're learning about 6 Thinking Hats.

The White Hat is for Thinking about Information.

The Black Hat is Thinking about Weaknesses.

The Yellow Hat is Thinking about Strengths.

The Red Hat is Thinking about Feelings.

The Blue Hat is Thinking about Thinking which is Metacognition (a word his teacher taught him just a couple of days ago).

and lastly, The Green Hat, Thinking about Creativity."


monlim said...

It's quite a good programme, I vaguely remember doing it. The key is to have a good balance, most people wear one hat too often and some other hats not enough. It's so great that the school is making the kids do it.

Lilian said...

I read that you're supposed to wear the different thinking hats, sort of like role-playing, so that even if you're for something, if you're wearing the Black hat, you'll have to think of negative things about what you're proposing. Quite cool.

Not sure how far the school will take First Graders through this though. But at least it gets them THINKING. So often we go about doing things the same old way without giving it a second thought.

monlim said...

Yup, for teamwork, the team members sometimes takes turns to wear different hats, so you learn to see from different perspectives. I can see that it would be useful for kids cos they tend to have quite a narrow perspective at a young age.

Belinda said...

Hi, I'm from South Africa, but coming to Moscow again in March and I'm interested in speaking to anyone involved in 6 Hat Thinking - Edward de Bono. Any idea if there's a distributor or accredited trainer there as I'm thinking of doing this in Moscow?

Lilian said...

Hi Belinda, sorry I can't help you with this. I don't know of any trainer or distributor of 6 Thinking Hats.