SOS: Put On Your Thinking Hat

Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

After watching the Discovery Education’s Remembrance National School Assembly and as I watch my social media feeds fill with memories of loved ones on this Veteran’s Day, this strategy came to mind. It’s so important to share our past, present, and future with our students  and have them examine the experiences through multiple perspectives.

Put on Your Thinking Hat
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Background

“’Six Thinking Hats’ is an important and powerful technique. It is used to look at decisions from a number of important perspectives. This forces you to move outside your habitual thinking style, and helps you to get a more rounded view of a situation.” (Mind Tools)  To prepare yourself and your students for this activity, use resources like these graphic organizers to understand what each hat represents. For more information about this strategy, research “6 Thinking Hats.”

Example

  • Determine a topic for students that will be relevant and meaningful. Consider using a current event like Remembrance Day.
  • Find a digital resource or virtual field trip for students to explore on your selected topic.
  • Divide your class into 6 different groups and assign each a perspective “hat” to take prior to watching/reading/listening to your selected media.
    • Blue: Thinking Hat- Processes information through summarizing, building conclusions, and using information gained to make decision.
    • Red: Feelings Hat- Processes information through feeling, emotions, and intuition.
    • Green: Creative Hat- Processes information through the creation of new ideas from different riskier approaches.
    • White: Information Hat- Processes information through what information is currently accessible and what facts need to be gathered.
    • Yellow: Benefits Hat- Processes information through a sunny disposition of what’s good, positive, and valuable in situations.
    • Black: Judgement Hat- Processes information through caution by evaluating weakness, what’s wrong, and if it will possibly work.
  • Play your selected segment, pausing every 2-3 minutes to allow each team time to pause, take notes, and continue adding information about the concept through its unique perspective.
  • Following the segment, allow each group to summarize its perspective in 3 main points to the whole class.

 

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