About the Seminar
"What an inspiring day!" is a quote from a participant at a series of seminars run by
Dialogue Education in April 2017. Due to the popularity of the seminars which were in
many cases booked out we are running it again in November 2017. We have added
some new elements to the program for anyone that might want to attend again but
essentially it is for teachers that missed out last time. No matter what profession our
students go into their skills in critical thinking, collaboration and creativity are vitally
important. Recent research provides educators with evidence that these skills are
substantially improved where students participate in a short weekly period of
philosophical communities of inquiry. When this is done more often the impact on
student learning can be profound and extensive. This seminar deals with each of the
21st Century learning skills. It is designed to answer the following questions:
- How can we explicitly develop students’ critical thinking skills in the
classroom and the co-curricular program at my school?
- Given the competitive nature of our education system how can my school
develop a climate where collaborative thinking is celebrated and
- What is a Philosothon and how can our school get involved or how can
we improve our current standing in our local Philosothon?
- What is an Ethics Olympiad and how can it provide opportunities for
students to engage with other students around the world about important
- What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how can my school
develop a whole school approach to democracy in the classroom?
- I need interactive and dynamic resources I can use in the classroom and
share with my school colleagues. Can you help?
The seminar will be useful for Primary, Secondary and
tertiary educators. Also for teachers of English, Theory of
Knowledge, Civics and Citizenship, Personal Development,
Philosophy and Ethics, Gifted and Talented, Curriculum
co-ordinators, Chaplains, Religious Education teachers,
Principals, Deputy Principals and anyone else interested
in teaching higher order thinking skills to students.
|"What an inspiring day!"
Critical, Collaborative and Creative Thinking Seminars
Matthew Wills is the Head of Philosophy
Values and Religion at Hale School in Perth,
Western Australia. He has worked in excellent
independent schools in NSW, SA and WA. Until
2007 he was the Chief Executive Officer for DAN,
which at that stage was a network of over 450
Australasian schools and universities.
In 2009 he was awarded the Winston
Churchill Fellowship and an Australia
Award in 2013 from the federal
government for excellence in teaching.
He is an executive member of the WA
Association of Philosophy in Schools.
He completed level one
training in 2013 and level
two training in 2015 from
the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in
Schools Associations (FAPSA).
He has been instrumental in the successful
introduction and growth of various popular initiatives
to promote Philosophy and Ethics for Senior students
including Philosothons and Ethics Olympiads. In 2015
he was awarded the Outstanding Professional
Service Award from the Professional Teaching
Council of Western Australia.
He is married with two children.
About the Speaker
Please book in here or email to; Dialogue Education
(ABN 53 345 326 968) PO BOX 959 Innaloo WA 6918
|Reason and Actions.
- What is Philosophy?
- Theories of Knowledge
- Philosophy of Sport
- Rights and Obligations
|Reason and Happiness.
- Reasoning and Logic
- Justice & Fairness
|Reason and Persons.
- Reasoning, Inference and
- Mind/Body Problem
- Freewill and Determinism
- Ethical Theory
|Reason and Culture.
- Interpretation & Literature
- Philosophy of Language
|Reason and Society.
- Argument Mapping
- Humanism and Religion
- Utopia and Dystopia
- Political Philosophy
|Reason and Meaning.
- Religion and Science
- Philosophy of Religion
- Does God exist?
- Theories of an Afterlife
|Feedback from the previous seminar;
-"What an inspiring day! I feel resourced
and better equipped to run my
Communities of Inquiry"
- "I would have loved another day!"
- "I loved the sense of community,
collaboration and enquiry. Thank-you!"
- "An amazingly generous number of
- "It was great to experience what the
students do in a COI and to learn more
about the available competitions."
-"Matthew is a great facilitator... It was great
-"Great tips for classroom activities. The
COI was great.
- " Thanks I need to re-evaluate what we are
doing with our Philosophy Club in our school."
-"The take home resources are great
and will be useful."
-"Matthews presentation was inspiring and
-"I loved the engagement in the COI
inquiry practice. I loved the knowledge
and experience of the presenter.
Thank-you!" Matthew for your energy and
$268 – one delegate ($248 - If more than two delegates
attend from one school)
Lunch and morning tea is included. Each delegate will also
receive a free teaching package.
We will post you an invoice on receiving your registration
details. Please book in online by clicking here. You can also
book and pay with a credit card by clicking here.
Alternatively you can print out the attached flyer, fill it in and
email or post it to;
Cancellations and Conditions: Please note that cancellations
will be refunded up to March 3rd. After that date no refund
will be given. Once a session is booked out if there are
people on the waiting list then cancellations might be given
minus a 10% admin fee.
PO BOX 959 Innaloo WA 6918
(ABN 53 345 326 968)
This seminar will be particularly useful to
teachers of Theory of Knowledge in the
International Baccalaureate &
those seeking to integrate effective
methodologies related to the general capabilities in
the Australian Curriculum.
AiTSL standards addressed in this workshop:
- 1.1.4 Lead Standard - Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
- 3.6.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Evaluate and improve teaching programs
- 6.2.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Engage in professional learning and improve practice
- 6.3.3 Highly Accomplished Standard - Engage with colleagues and improve practice
9.30am- Introductions & Background
9.45am- Critical Thinking - (Years 1-12) With the seductive influence of fake news, the growth of social networking and the demise of professional journalism our students more than
ever need the tools to think critically while becoming good global and community citizens. This seminar will deal comprehensively with ways to develop critical, creative and collaborative
thinking skills in students. How can one distinguish a good argument from a bad argument?
10.30am What is a Community of Inquiry? (Years 1-12) "Having recently visited schools around the world where I sat in on groups of students involved in philosophical Communities of
Inquiry in places as diverse as Palestine, Oslo, Taunton, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Nth Carolina and having seen the way in which their engagement, their communication skills, their
respect for others and their ability to think on their feet have been developed using P4c pedagogy I am convinced about the value and importance of teachers using this pedagogy in
what ever subject they are teaching. Here we explore what is P4C including the evidence which proves that there are real academic and social benefits for students when the program is
used. We will focus on how it can it be used to foster critical, collaborative and creative thinking in the classroom?
11am- Morning tea provided
11.20am- What is a Philosothon? (Years 1-12) Philosothons are an excellent way of providing your school with a best practice model for critical, collaborative and creative thinking.
These events have quickly proved popular in Australia because they tap into the authentic interest young people have in life's big questions.
12.00 am- Here we will introduce a new approach to Community of Inquiry (Years 1-12) We will be incorporating a mediation and some new games.
12.45am- Lunch provided
1.30 pm - What is an Ethics Olympiad (Years 8-11) This competition uses technology to bring students from around the world together. It fosters creativity and collegiality. Students have
to come up with arguments which to some extend are thrown on them. They have to think on their feet. It fosters critical thinking and problem solving. Students have to reflect critically on
their own position ……and the position of the other team to
2.00pm - Concept Clarification tools- So many misunderstandings and arguments arise from a lack of clarity around a concept. How can we help students avoid simply going to the web in
order to define a concept.
The Bull Hunt (9) In Australia we call bad arguments "bull". This creative game enables students to learn how to recognise bad arguments and see them for what they are... 'bull".
2.30 pm - Resources, Q&A, Kahoot
3.00 pm - Finish
FREE TEACHING PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS RESOURCE PACKAGE
Note: Each delegate will receive a free Resource Package including over 40 extensive
power-point presentations including notes for teachers, video links, Kahoots, revision
games and much more. Each of the following headings are covered in depth.
• Perth - Wednesday 1st Nov - Scotch College
• Adelaide- Fri. 3rd Nov - Prince Alfred College
• Canberra- Monday 6th Nov- Radford College
• Melbourne- Wed 8th Nov- Sienna College
• Sydney- Thursday 9th Nov- Brigidine College
• Brisbane- Friday 10th Nov - Marist College
• Gold Coast- Mon 13th Nov - Southport School
• Auckland- Wednesday 15th Nov St Cuthberts
• Wellington- Thurs 16th Nov- Marsden College
• Christchurch- Friday 17th- To be announced
• Hobart- Mon 20th Nov- The Friends School
Seminar Timing: Starts- 9.30 am-Finishes - 3.00 pm