Love for Literacy with Six Hats®

Bring Color and Engagement to Your Literacy Program!

Contact Franny at or call/text 724-413-6001.

Six Hats in a row

Love for Literacy soars as you teach, and students use,  the Six Thinking Hats®.  This brain-activating, colorful literacy strategy has proven to be successful in the classroom.   This instructional strategy is at the heart of teaching in a student-centered classroom and reading comprehension.

  • Before instruction, white and blue hat, strategies activate students’ prior knowledge and set a purpose for reading.
  • During instruction, all six hats, strategies help students make connections, monitor their understanding, generate questions, and stay focused.
  • After instruction, blue hat, strategies provide an opportunity to summarize, question, reflect, discuss, and respond to text.

Six Hats® can be applied across content areas at all grade levels.  As a tool for integrating curriculum, it enhances memory and connects learning.  Students become the questioner, asking high level questions of each other, and collaborators.   Literacy projects can be created that are meaningful and based on real life.   The colors of the hats activate the brain, make the lesson seem like a game, and improves reading comprehension.   An automaticity that improves literacy.

During the workshop the teachers will collaborate as they learn the Six Hats®  literacy strategy and apply it to their content areas.

DI yellow hat mural paper DI white mural paper DI Green hat mural

“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


Six Hats in a row

This effective communication tool teaches us to SEE AND FOCUS our thinking using six strategies to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Revolutionizing communication, Six Hats encourages students to lead discussions and add detail to their writing.  The workshop will prepare you to color your thinking … white, red, yellow, black, blue, green!  It teaches us to

  • think using six strategies
  • problem solve
  • make clear decisions
  • design quality questions
  • self assess
  • collaborate more effectively

The Research:  “Develop Critical and Creative Thinking Skills: Put on Six Thinking Hats®,” PA Educational Leadership

Six Thinking Hats  (Downloads a pdf file containing Six Thinking Hats® Cards: Key Words, Applications, Standards, and Examples)

MCj01051880000[1] Literacy Using Six Hats® and 6 Product Choices- PowerPoint

Getting Started: How to Teach Six Hats® to Your Students

Impact of Six Thinking Hats and Assessment, Jennifer Hauck, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Edward DeBono’s Six Hats® and Benjamin Bloom’s Higher Order Thinking Questioning Card

Teacher Made Materials

Six Hats in a row

 Teachers enjoy working in teams to learn and apply each of the SIX HATS to their content areas!



White Hat® – Facts and Informationredhat

Red Hat® – Feelings and Intuition


Yellow Hat® – Benefits and Feasibilityblackhat

Black Hat® — Caution, Difficulties, and Assessment

Green Hat® – Alternatives and Creative Ideas

greenhatBlue Hat® – Thinking about the bluehatThinking Process, Summarize, Conclude, Main Idea, Essential Question, Action Plan

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The Hare and the Tortoise


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.

  • The method provides a simple, concrete way to teach thinking.
  • The colors and hats provide a useful visual image that is easy to learn and remember.
  • The SIX HATS® method may be used at the simplest possible level but may also be used at a very sophisticated level. The framework is simple yet very powerful.
  • It is being used with six-year-olds up to senior executives in some of the world’s largest corporations.
  • The hats provide a framework for organizing thinking so that is no longer a matter of drift and argument. Thinking becomes more focused, more constructive and more productive.
  • The game and role-playing nature of the hats allows for the detachment of ego from the thinking: “This is not me, but my red hat thinking.”
  • The SIX HATS® are so basic that they cut across boundaries of culture and ideology. All the hats are important and are of great value.
  • They are fun and effective to wear everyday, everywhere! So, put on the SIX THINKING HATS® and improve thinking, questioning, and communicating in all academic areas.

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Motivating Workshops

Student-Tested, Student-Centered, Energizing, Hands On, Research Based

Contact Franny to discuss this literacy workshop. Email or Phone her at 724-413-6001.