About the Seminar
Following on from last years workshops we are offering an
intermediate level workshop for teachers in critical thinking. One of
the most fundamental thinking skills that students can develop is the
ability to recognise a proper argument and to distinguish this from
counterfeit versions. Formal and informal fallacies, explanations and
a convoluted series of propositions can all easily be mistaken for
good arguments. Here we will explore creative and innovative ways
to help students distinguish good and bad arguments. We will also
explore collaborative and creative ways to help students recognise
different types of good reasoning such as inductive and deductive

Please note; It is not required that delegates have participated in
last years seminar.

This Critical Thinking seminar will:

  • provide a framework for introductory, intermediate and
    advanced levels of reasoning.
  • provide teachers with practical ways of helping
    students recognise the structure of arguments.
  • improve academic results through the development of
    critical thinking skills.
  • demonstrate new concept clarification exercises.
  • give teachers ways to help students distinguish good
    reasoning from impoverished reasoning.
  • Explain how students can evaluate arguments.
  • Outline important formal and informal fallacies.
  • Help teachers prepare students for Philosothons.
  • Provide methodologies and resources to enable your
    students to argue respectfully, collaboratively and
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 coordinators, Chaplains, Religious
Education teachers, Principals, Deputy Principals and anyone else
interested in teaching higher order thinking skills to students.
2018 Critical Thinking

           Matthew Wills is the manager of the Federation of
           Australasian Philosophy in Schools Philosothon
           Project. He was until recently the Head of
           Philosophy and Ethics at Hale School
           in Perth, Western Australia and he has worked in
          excellent independent schools in NSW, SA and WA.
Until 2007 he was the Chief Executive Officer for the
Dialogue Australasian Network 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. He is an executive member of the SA
Philosophy in Schools Association and he has completed
level one training  and level two training in P4C.

Matthew has been instrumental in the
successful introduction and growth of various
popular initiatives to promote Philosophy and
Ethics for students including Philosothons and
Ethics Olympiads. In 2015he was awarded
the Outstanding Professional Service
Award from the Professional Teaching Council of Western  
Australia. In 2017 his application for funding from the
Templeton Foundation was successful and now he
manages the Philosothon project. The project funds
involvement from  remote and regional schools as well as
schools dealing with students from low socio economic
About the Speaker
Please book in here or email to; Socratic Solutions
( ABN 60 815 416 354 )
PO BOX 116 Dernancourt SA 5075

-Very interesting-A good mix of shared
information and hands on
Auckland NZ

-Great day, worth the time! Brisbane Qld.

So well presented. Piqued interest, The
presenter did not treat participants as
idiots as is the want of some presenters.

Perth WA

-Some very practical ideas I can
implement immediatel
y-Melbourne VIC

Great resources for busy teachers.
Canberra ACT

-The thinking skills can be used across a
variety of subject areas and ages.
Thinking resources provided were
Gold Coast Qld

-It was all very good-really enjoyed it-got
lots of good ideas- Thankyou.
Sydney NSW

-The resources provided are simply
Christchurch NZ

-Really thought provoking as
Adelaide SA
Note: Each delegate will receive a free Resource Package with over 24 power-point
presentations including notes for teachers, video links, preparation games and much
more. The package will also contain units of work which teachers can use to teach
critical thinking.
Please note there is a maximum of 30
people at each seminar. Latecomers
might miss out.

$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
here. You can also book and pay with a credit card by
clicking here.

You can print out the brochure by clicking on this link.

Cancellations and Conditions: Please note that
cancellations will be refunded up to October 12th. 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 20% admin fee.

Please email us if you have any questions or queries;

Socratic Solutions Australasia
PO BOX 116
Dernancourt  5975
Ph: 0400029660
(ABN 60 815 416 354

Seminar Locations

•        Darwin- Friday- 14 Sept - Dept Education

•        Perth -  Thursday 1st Nov - MLC

•        Adelaide- Mon 5th Nov - Scotch College

•        Canberra- Wed. 7th Nov- Merici College

•        Melbourne- Thur 8th Nov- To be confirmed

•        Sydney- Fri- 9th Nov- Meriden

•        Townsville-Mon 12th Nov-St Patrick's College

•        Brisbane- Tuesday 13th Nov  - Hillbrook

•        Gold Coast/Nth. NSW- Wed 14th Nov -
                                            Lindisfarne AGS

•        Hobart- Mon 19th Nov- Fahan School

•        Auckland- Wed 21st Nov- Baradene School

•        Christchurch- Thurs 22nd Nov-St Andrews

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
  • 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
Program Outline

9.30am-  Introductions & Background
9.45am-  Critical Thinking Skills (Years 1-12) The first step in any critical
thinking program is to help students recognise the structure of a good
argument- including the difference between induction and deduction. What
are the thinking skills and how can we teach them to students?
10.30am   What is a Philosophical Community of Inquiry and how can it
improve skills and academic results? (Years 1-12) What is a Philosothon and
how might this help my students critical thinking skills?
11am-  Morning tea provided
11.20am- Different types of questions- Epistemological, metaphysical and
axiological questions. Informal fallacies.
12.00 am-  (Years 1-12) Here we will do a new methodology for teaching
thinking skills using community of Inquiry at a Introductory level while we deal
with an epistemological question.
12.45am- Lunch provided
1.00 pm-  Intermediate and advanced thinking skills- an overview.
1.30 pm - (Years 1-12) Here we will do a new model a methodology for
teaching thinking skills using community of Inquiry at a Intermediate level while
dealing with a metaphysical issue.
2.30 pm - Resources, Q&A, Looking forward
3.00 pm - Finish
ABN 60 815 416 354