About the Seminar
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
- 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 ethical issues?
- 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.
|Critical, Collaborative and Creative Thinking
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 previous
“Lots of good ideas that can be
adapted to our situation - mind
“Very hands on and incredibly
“A good variety of ideas and this
stimulated my own thinking”
“Biggest plus was being led by
someone who is passionate and
knowledgeable about Philosophy”
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.
$268 – one delegate ($248 - If more than two delegates
attend from one school-Max three)
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
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)
* Perth - Tuesday March 21st - Wesley College
(The Perth session is now booked out. Please
contact us to register your interest in attending
another seminar later in the year.)
* Canberra Mon 27th Mar - Canberra Girls Grammar
*Melbourne - Tuesday 28th March – Scotch College
*Auckland - Thursday 30th March- Diocesan School
*Christchurch Friday 31st March- Rangi Ruru
*Brisbane - Monday April 3rd - Anglican CGS
*Sydney – Tuesday April 4th – Cranbrook School
*Hobart - Friday April 7th – The Hutchins School
*Adelaide - Mon April 10th - Prince Alfred College
Seminar Timing: Starts- 9.30 am-Finishes - 3.00 pm
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 & Concept Clarification (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.
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 more convinced than ever about the value and importance of teachers using this
pedagogy in what ever subject they are teaching. Here we explore what is P4C, the evidence for using it and different ways of applying it 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- COI 1 (Years 1-12) Here we will do a model COI.
12.45am- Lunch provided
1.00 pm- COI 2 (Years 1-12) Some interesting variations on COIs.
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 - 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, Looking forward
3.00 pm - Finish