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Six Hats® -- Effective Thinking and Higher Level Questioning

Dr. Benjamin Bloom and Dr. Edward DeBono’s Hierarchies

 

WHITE HAT® 

 

KNOWLEDGE (Bloom)

REMEMBERING (Revised Bloom)

FACTS

INFORMATION

DATA

RESEARCH

 

 

 

 

Who, What, When, Where?

What do you know about …?

What are the facts about … ?

What do you need or want to know about …?

Where might you go to find out about …?

 

 

 Red HAT® 

 

EVALUATION (Bloom) FEELINGS

HUNCHES

EMOTIONS

INTUITION

 

 

 

 

What are your feelings now?

Did your feelings change?  How?

Which way do you like best based on your feelings?

What prejudices are present? 

What is your hunch about... 

What is your gut feeling about …?

What does your intuition tell you?

 

BLACK HAT ® 

ANALYSIS (Bloom)          

CAUTION                                       

BE CAREFUL                     

DANGER                            

WISDOM                                  

RISKS                        

WEAKNESSES

 

 

 

What should you be cautious about …

What words of wisdom come from this?   

What are the consequences of…

What were the difficulties of... 

Why won't / didn't this work?  

What did you dislike about... 

What are the risks of …

What are some Uh-Ohs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 YELLOW HAT® 

ANALYSIS (Bloom)       

 BENEFITS                               

GOOD                              

POSITIVES                            

VALUE                         

STRENGTHS

 

 

What are the benefits of  …?

What is good about …

What is a positive outcome of…

What is the value of...

Can this be made to work?  Explain.

What did you like about… ?       

  GREEN HAT® -

SYNTHESIS (Bloom)    

CREATING (Revised Bloom)         

CREATIVITY         

IMAGINATION                         

NEW IDEAS           

POSSIBILITIES 

 

 

 

What if ... ?

Can you create other ways to do this? 

How would you solve the problem?
What new ideas can you think of? 

What other possibilities are there for…?

Express yourself through literature, poetry, drama, media etc.                  

 BLUE HAT® -

comprehension  (Bloom)

UNDERSTANDING (Revised Bloom)                        

APPLICATION (Bloom)  

Thinking ABOUT THINKING                           

Process                                        

big ideas/MAIN IDEA                        

conclude/Summarize                              

 LIST                                                                                 

Why?                                                       

List.  Journal.                                           

Tell how you got your answer.                

Sequence the events.                                               

Explain? 

Summarize.                                  

What is your conclusion?
What next?  

Action plan?                                                                

What is the main idea?                           

What are the big ideas?                          

What was the problem; how was the  problem solved?                                                                             

Track your thinking..                             

Look from another perspective.      

Look (think) as if you were in the sky.

 

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