The Six Thinking Hats methodology of thinking was invented by dr. Edward de Bono, world expert of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. The Six thinking hats helps students and teachers become more effective, innovative thinkers. In traditional thinking, we constantly find ourselves in conflict. Each side seeks to criticize the other point of view. The Six Thinking Hats method, however, encourages parallel thinking, where everyone explores all sides of an issue at the same time. In parallel thinking, confrontation is replaced by a cooperative exploration of the subject. It encourages the sharing of information, reduces argument, and allows talkers to think and thinkers to talk. This course shows how can teachers help students to think. The participants will receive all the teaching material needed for effective integration of the Six Thinking Hats in teaching practice.
The main objective of the course is to prepare participants to use the methodology of six thinking hats
- while teaching other subjects (languages, social studies, science, math, art, music),
- for conflict resolution and conflict avoidance and
- for leading school sessions and meetings.
By the end of the course participants will have a substantial understanding of (creative and constructive) thinking framework and models (following dr. Edward de Bono’s methodology).
The course is designed as an interactive process with emphasis on establishing a mentor relationship between participants and trainer. It follows two-way communication process including discussions, interactive games, working in groups and pairs, presentations, case studies, thinking techniques and individual activities. The focus is on experiential learning and workshop approach. The participants will also receive a workbook with session’s summaries and descriptions of activities used. We will recommend them interesting literature for further study.
The course is aimed for school leaders, teachers, school counsellors and other professionals working in education that are interested in teaching of thinking as a skill.
Teaching the Hats
Student overview lesson
Red Hat: Feelings, hunches, gut instinct, and intuition
White Hat: Data, facts, information known or needed
Black Hat: Difficulties, potential problems. Why something may not work
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.
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- 05. 05. – 11. 05.
(open for pre-registration)
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Useful information about Six Thinking Hats course
Six Thinking Hats course will equip you with the skills of how to enrich your teaching with facilitating parallel thinking of your students. By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Understand thinking as a skill rather as an ability
- Encourage your students to think deeply
- Facilitate Six Thinking Hats sessions
- Encourage parallel thinking
- Inspire full-spectrum thinking
- Stimulate different points of view
- Increase focus and engagement on learning tasks
- Use Six Thinking Hats in various context, e.g. incomplete homework, school attendance, students talking while others are talking or teaching, problem solving and decision making
- Foster collaborative learning in your classroom
- Increase productivity of staff meetings
Thinking as a skill recognizes that we all can improve our thinking if we put an effort in it. You can easily transfer the knowledge from this course to your work environment by:
- Organizing Six Thinking Hats sessions in classroom
- Leading staff and/or parents’ meetings using Six Thinking Hats method
- Introducing principles of parallel thinking in school curricula
- Asking questions led by the Six Thinking Hats method
- Managing school projects according to the Six Thinking Hats principles
Meet the trainers
Nastja Mulej, M.Sc., an economist and sociologist has a master degree in communication studies. Professionally she focuses on teaching and training creative and constructive thinking in schools and companies (over 50 companies, over 30 schools and kindergartens, over 5.000 attendees at different seminars, conferences and meetings). She is the only Slovenian trainer of de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking and CoRT (Teaching Thinking as a separate subject in schools). She is well familiar with South East Europe markets. She was Head of New Ideas Department from 2000 till 2009 in New Moment – New Ideas Company (called S Team Bates Saatchi & Saatchi in 2000 – 2003), an advertising agency, present in 10 East European countries, working closely with the creative guru Dragan Sakan. She is a much sought for speaker and author of many articles.