Six Hats® ... A Critical and Creative Thinking Process that improves listening, speaking, reading and writing and is fun for ALL!
" A special thank you to Franny for introducing me to the thinking hats and opening me up to becoming a better teacher by teaching my students to think about thinking." Jena Brodhead, Easton Area School District
Improve academic performance in reading and writing with SIX THINKING HATS®. This effective communication tool teaches us to see and focus our thinking using six strategies to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening. This energizing strategy revolutionizes communication and encourages the students to lead discussions and add detail to their writing. The workshop will prepare you to add color to your thinking … white, red, yellow, black, blue, green! It teaches us to --
During the workshop the teachers will collaborate to learn the Six Hats® process and apply it to their content areas and standards.
I am using the SIX HATS® daily. I refer to them to get the children thinking in a certain direction. What I like about this program is that it gives the students a direction to think towards by the questions on the hats. In the primary grades especially, the students need to develop specific thinking areas. I did an activity where they had to pick a wish and then use white and black hat thinking about the wish. They did a great job. This is the first program I have used that starts students in the direction of thinking critically. They loved the activities especially the green hat. I'm happy with where I'm going especially as I use this with PSSA (state assessment) preparation. Debbie Miller, Wilkes Barre School District
"We love the hats. Tara and I introduced our students to them right away on Friday. Our Academic/Honors students were skeptical. My Applied Communications class LOVED them. Since then, with a little encouragement, we have had nothing but success with the hats. Tara’s Journalism class is attacking the school magazine all with hats. My Applied class designed and implemented a new independent novel unit utilizing the hats. My Honors Speech and Debate class has implemented a new peer comment format that revolves around yellow, black, and green hat ideas. My Honors III class is exploring The Red Badge of Courage with the hats. The red hat is especially helpful because they are putting themselves in a few of the characters’ shoes. They also linked the current Jessica Lynch debate (hero or not) to the novel with the hats. I’ll admit, although your talk was informative and fun, I had doubts about getting the students to use it. After one day, my Applied students were correcting each other during a green hat session with, 'We’re wearing our green hats now. Save the black hat comments for later.' Amazingly no one was offended and the class continued working. I just wanted you to know how excited we are to share in this great method and how much we appreciate your instruction in it." Renee Sorensen, Teacher at Tunkhannock High School
I have learned so much about using the SIX HATS® in my classroom. I have already started using it in my class and it has been very successful. Dana Dubyak
I attended this workshop with little knowledge of thinking skills and how to develop this concept in the classroom. This seminar introduced skills, developed those skills, and gave me new ideas to work "thinking" into my classroom, and daily life. Franny was a refreshing change of pace to other presenters. She was lively, creative, willing to share ideas and activities, and over FUN! Great workshop, wonderful presenter.
Applying the SIX HATS® is a natural for the classroom. Franny presents the information in a clear, usable, and valuable fashion. Move over Bloom - a great new way of teaching thinking! Susan Holzer
What students say about the HATS®!
My students revel in the metacognitive strategies of Six Hats®. They just love thinking about thinking! Students enjoy the simplicity of the hats and can easily, and purposefully, examine all approaches to problem solving. And, besides that, they'll tell you it's just plain FUN! Judy Micheletti, Teacher, Berwick School District
White Hat® - Facts and Information
– Feelings and Intuition
Yellow Hat® – Benefits and Feasibility
Blue Hat® – Thinking about the Thinking Process
What Six Thinking Hats® Can Do For You!
The HATS® provide a simple and practical way to teach thinking as a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved. The HATS® show that thinking is essential to improving writing, reading, listening, and speaking.