Have you ever been in a chaotic problem-solving group? One person seems to be focusing only on the positive aspects of the problem, one person is focusing only on the negatives, and one person keeps bringing up new ideas.
This confusion keeps groups from getting to a real solution. It also creates difficult group dynamics.
This same kind of confusion is present in the classroom. Students need to be taught how to think about their problems and their solutions. Education expert Brenda Davis offers a solution. She has used the Six Thinking Hats model for years to help students reduce confusion and solve their problems.
Six Thinking Hats
The idea behind the six hats is simple. Each hat represents a different way of addressing the problem.
The idea is that when students are each looking at the problem from a different “hat,” things can get confusing. Students have trouble solving a problem when one is looking at the potential creative aspects and another is looking at the potential consequences and difficulties.
When using the Six Hats method, the instructor leads the students to all put on the same “hat” together and look at the problem from that perspective.
For example, the first “hat” the instructor might use is the green hat. The green hat stands for creativity. The teacher would ask questions like, “What are some creative ways to solve this problem?” and “What other possibilities are there?”
Then the instructor leads the students to put on the next hat. When the students are looking at the problem from the same “hat” or perspective, they can work together better and solve the problem quicker.
Ms. Davis also shares how she uses technology to teach the Six Hats to her students. Students reinforce the ideas by using different blogs, apps, and games to learn about Six Hats.
What will educators gain from this course?
In this 1-hour course, Ms. Davis shows teachers how to use the Six Hats method to help students solve problems quickly and effectively.
Educators will learn:
- The scientific theories behind Six Hats
- Why using Six Hats is useful
- How to teach students to utilize the Six Hats
- Which technologies are best for teaching Six Hats
Which T-TESS Domains and Dimension does this course apply to?
- 1.1 (Standards and alignment)
- 1.4 (Activities)
- 2.1 (Achieving Expectations)
- 2.2 (Content Knowledge and Expertise)
- 2.4 (Differentiations)
Ready to learn more?
Ms. Davis is a school counselor with over 20 years of experience as an educator. She serves on the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) Board of Directors. Her interests include gifted education and program design, social and emotional issues related to gifted females, and creativity.
T-TESS Cube is a library of professional courses led by experts in education. The courses are aligned to the T-TESS Rubric. They are a great way to develop teachers and administrators.