This strategy is very useful for encouraging high level thinking and can be easily differentiated. It can be used as an activate or demonstrate task in which students are required to analyse a topic using different thinking skills.
- Allocate a hat to each student in the group (possibly allocating the white hat to the less able and the green hat to the more able).
- Each student investigates a topic using their thinking hat.
- Teach what they have found out using their hat to the rest of the group.
- Consolidate the task by possibly completing a written summary for each hat.