THE SIX THINKING HATS SYSTEM ®
Six Thinking Hats®
is a time-tested, proven and practical thinking tool. 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 same thinking hat, at the same time, on the same challenge—we call this focused parallel thinking--a tool that facilitates collaboration. It enables each person's unique point of view to be included and considered. Argument and endless discussion become a thing of the past. Thinking becomes more thorough.
The YELLOW Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
The RED Hat signifies feelings, hunches, intuition. Express emotions and feelings, share fears, likes, dislikes, loves and hates.
The WHITE Hat calls for information known or needed.
The BLACK Hat is judgment as to why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers, where things may go wrong.
The BLUE Hat used to manage the thinking process. It’s the control mechanism that ensures the
Six Thinking Hats guidelines are observed.
The GREEN Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives and new ideas. Express new concepts and new perceptions