The Six Thinking Hats activity was developed by Dr. Edward de Bono in 1985 as a parallel thinking exercise which is used across all industries. This exercise asks students to think about an idea, decision, or problem from six different perspectives which are represented by different colored hats. The activity is led by a “Blue Hat” representative who leads the group (small or large) through the other hats. This forces the learners to consider multiple perspectives before making a full judgment or decision on the idea, decision, or problem. This activity can be applied to any subject and grade level discussion related to a problem, decision to be made, or issue. It can be used in small groups or as a full class activity.
Blue hat - The big picture
White hat - Facts & information
Black hat – Critical judgment
Yellow hat - Positive aspects
Red hat - Emotion & feelings
Green hat - New ideas & creativity