Great teachers and non-formal education
If until some years ago, at least in my country, the education system was based more on non-formal type, now it becomes a mix between formal, non-formal and informal education. Personally, for me it is very difficult to say easily that this one or that one is a great teacher. And that is because I didn’t have contact with teachers and the education system in school, but it is actually my whole life represented. My childhood, my teenage time, everything. I come from a family with both parents teachers, so this field represents a big part of myself too.
Although, when people find out about it, I always get the same questions, such as: Oh my, your mom is a Math Teacher? It means that you study 24 hours Math. And so on. No, actually it means that my parents are teachers at school, and for me and my brothers, they became more than superheroes. They are not just parents, best friends, examples for us, they are not just Math and Physics teachers, but more like life teachers. So, this is why it is very difficult for me to say wow this teacher is great.
From my point of view, in order to be a great teacher is not enough just to have a lot of knowledge in your field, but to know how to put in such ways that everyone will understand it. You have to love kids. You need to be really passionate about it. And if you consider your students like your own kids, if you know how to make them pay attention and how to love what you are teaching them, you are already a great teacher.
But anyway, I was saying earlier about formal and non-formal education. I would like to discuss today about a method that is used in non-formal type. It is called Method of the six thoughtful hats.
In this method, the student becomes from object to subject of learning and is coparticipant on its own training.
The six hats represent the six possibilities of processing the data information:
- The white hat focuses on information. It is about facts, faces, necessary or available information. It collects all the existent information and it fills the empty spaces with new data.
- The yellow hat focuses on good and positive aspects. It helps you think positive and it makes you be aware of the benefits of the decision.
- The red hat shows the intuition and the feelings. It solves the problems based on this factors.
- The black hat represents the problems and the critics. It helps to reduce the risks before having the final solution. De Bono considered it to be the most natural hat because of the way the human beings are. We tend to see things negative.
- The green hat represents the creativity and the changes. What is provocative and interesting. It maintains the freedom of thinking clear, the critical ideas being more reduced.
- The blue hat represents the coordination. It doesn’t put accent on one specific subject, but on the process of thinking.
It is very useful because it challenges intensively all the psychological parts of knowledge and it gives the student the chance to affirm himself individually and in team. Also, it developes the critical thinking and the motivation for study and it allows him to evaluate himself his won activity.