Interested In Developing Different Reflective Lenses With Students- Hats Off To You!

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If developing the skills of viewing through different reflective lenses with teachers is going to be hard how will I go about it with the students.

A simple way I am considering is using De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

De Bono's hats 4

The starting point could be to pose a problem that has many different solutions depending on which lens you use to view it.

Should birds be kept in cages?

Describe the features of De Bono’s first five hats and ask students to contribute ideas for any hat and justify why it fitted the lens of that hat. Repeat the process with a few examples and then ask them to write a reflective piece on why I engaged them in this activity.

  • Information (White) – considering purely what information is available, what are the facts?
  • Emotions (Red) – intuitive or instinctive gut reactions or statements of emotional feeling (but not any justification)
  • Discernment (Black) – logic applied to identifying reasons to be cautious and conservative
  • Optimistic response (Yellow) – logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony
  • Creativity (Green) – statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes

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