Lateral Thinking
Thinking
outside the Box!
Lateral Thinking
• Lateral thinking is a term coined by Edward
de Bono, a Maltese psychologist, physician,
and writer
• de...
Edward De Bono
Six Thinking Hats
An aid to creative thinking
Can You Solve this Puzzle?
Can You Solve this Puzzle?
Challenge
You have 60 seconds to think of as many uses as you can
for wire coat hangers
On average, 6 year old children
come up with 25 uses
of the coat hanger.
Is our our ability to think
creatively at risk of being lost?
• In most cases pre-school children explore their world thro...
What are the characteristics
of creative thinking?
Creative thinking is characterised by:
• Imagination
• Open-mindedness
...
How can we recognise
creative thinking?
When pupils are thinking and behaving
creatively in the classroom, you are likely ...
Thinking in hats
(Edward de Bono)
To aid creative thinking Edward de Bono came up
with six notional hats that can be put o...
The Red Hat
• What do you feel
about the suggestion?
• What are your gut
reactions?
• What intuitions do you
have?
• Don’t...
The White Hat
• The information
seeking hat.
• What are the facts?
• What information is
available? What is
relevant?
• Wh...
The Yellow Hat
• The sunshine hat.
• It is positive and
constructive.
• It is about
effectiveness and
getting a job done.
...
The Black Hat
• The cautious hat.
• In black hat the
thinker points out
errors or pit-falls.
• What are the risks or
dange...
• This is the creative
mode of thinking.
• Green represents
growth and
movement.
• In green hat we look
to new ideas and
s...
• The control hat,
organising thinking
itself.
• Sets the focus, calls
for the use of other
hats.
• Monitors and reflects
...
Six Thinking Hats
Intuitive
Informative
Constructive
Cautious
CreativeReflective
Red hat thinking
Your task
- say how you feel
about the painting
opposite.
Black hat thinking
Your task
- discuss the following
using black hat
thinking.
What if the school
week was only 4 days
and...
Green hat Thinking
Your 2 minute task
A man is walking down a
busy street with a brown
paper bag over his head.
Put on you...
Activity 1
Use the six hat thinking strategy
to write a character profile of ...
(Snow White, Robin Hood, Brad Pitt,
Garfi...
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  1. 1. Lateral Thinking Thinking outside the Box!
  2. 2. Lateral Thinking • Lateral thinking is a term coined by Edward de Bono, a Maltese psychologist, physician, and writer • de Bono defines Lateral Thinking as methods of thinking concerned with changing concepts and perception.
  3. 3. Edward De Bono Six Thinking Hats An aid to creative thinking
  4. 4. Can You Solve this Puzzle?
  5. 5. Can You Solve this Puzzle?
  6. 6. Challenge You have 60 seconds to think of as many uses as you can for wire coat hangers
  7. 7. On average, 6 year old children come up with 25 uses of the coat hanger.
  8. 8. Is our our ability to think creatively at risk of being lost? • In most cases pre-school children explore their world through imagination and investigation and exercise ‘possibility thinking’(the engagement of everyday problems at a deep level). • As children become older, the prescriptive world of formal education pushes children through a series of educational narrow gates reduces their capacity to exercise ‘possibility thinking.’
  9. 9. What are the characteristics of creative thinking? Creative thinking is characterised by: • Imagination • Open-mindedness • A willingness to explore unexpected routes
  10. 10. How can we recognise creative thinking? When pupils are thinking and behaving creatively in the classroom, you are likely to see them: • Questioning and challenging • Making connections and seeing relationships. • Envisaging what might be • Exploring ideas, keeping options open • Reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes.
  11. 11. Thinking in hats (Edward de Bono) To aid creative thinking Edward de Bono came up with six notional hats that can be put on and taken off easily. • The hats are designed to indicate a role or mode of thinking. • It is based on the principle of parallel thinking. Adversarial Thinking Parallel Thinking a b a b
  12. 12. The Red Hat • What do you feel about the suggestion? • What are your gut reactions? • What intuitions do you have? • Don’t think too long or too hard.
  13. 13. The White Hat • The information seeking hat. • What are the facts? • What information is available? What is relevant? • When wearing the white hat we are neutral in our thinking.
  14. 14. The Yellow Hat • The sunshine hat. • It is positive and constructive. • It is about effectiveness and getting a job done. • What are the benefits, the advantages?
  15. 15. The Black Hat • The cautious hat. • In black hat the thinker points out errors or pit-falls. • What are the risks or dangers involved? • Identifies difficulties and problems.
  16. 16. • This is the creative mode of thinking. • Green represents growth and movement. • In green hat we look to new ideas and solutions. • Lateral thinking wears a green hat. The Green Hat
  17. 17. • The control hat, organising thinking itself. • Sets the focus, calls for the use of other hats. • Monitors and reflects on the thinking processes used. • Blue is for planning. The Blue Hat
  18. 18. Six Thinking Hats Intuitive Informative Constructive Cautious CreativeReflective
  19. 19. Red hat thinking Your task - say how you feel about the painting opposite.
  20. 20. Black hat thinking Your task - discuss the following using black hat thinking. What if the school week was only 4 days and the weekend was 3 days long?
  21. 21. Green hat Thinking Your 2 minute task A man is walking down a busy street with a brown paper bag over his head. Put on your green hat to suggest possible reasons why he might be doing this. Try to come up with at least 5 possibilities.
  22. 22. Activity 1 Use the six hat thinking strategy to write a character profile of ... (Snow White, Robin Hood, Brad Pitt, Garfield, Lady Gaga...)
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