About the Seminar
The development of critical thinking skills has been identified by
Gonski 2 as one of the key objectives of educational reforms in the
coming decade. In November 2018 we are offering workshops for
teachers and administrators in how you can develop critical thinking
skills in your students. One of the most fundamental thinking skills
that students can develop is the ability to recognise an argument
and to distinguish this from counterfeit versions. 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 develop confidence and skills which will be useful in
all subjects areas.

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.
  • give teachers ways to help students distinguish good
    reasoning from impoverished reasoning.
  • Explain how students can evaluate arguments.
  • 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
-economic backgrounds.

He is married with two adult children, a member of the Australian
Association of Philosophers and sings in a semi professional choir.
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
clicking 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- Fri- 14 Sept - Essington Int. School

•        Perth -  Thursday 1st Nov - MLC

•        Adelaide- Mon 5th Nov - Scotch College

•        Canberra- Wed. 7th Nov- Merici College

•        Melbourne-Thur 8th Nov- Ruyton Girls' School

•        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 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
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
an argument- including the difference between induction and
deduction. We will also deal with different types of 'wicked' arguments,
Metaphysical, Epistemological and Axiological arguments. We will clarify
the structure of arguments, Serial, Linked, Convergent and divergent
arguments? And introduce participants to skills in argument mapping.

10.30am   What is a Philosophical Community of Inquiry and how can it
improve skills and academic results? We will examine the nature of
COIs and evidence around its effectiveness in improving students
academic results and social interactions. 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- Here we will introduce a new methodology for concept
clarification where we deal with an epistemological question.

12.45am- Lunch provided

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm Here we will introduce a methodology for dealing with
axiological questions. Ethics Bowls and Ethics Olympiads provide a
wonderful pedagogical tool for developing skills in critical thinking.
2.45 pm - Resources, Q&A,
3.00 pm - Finish
ABN 60 815 416 354
Beginners Resources
Advanced Resources

Different types of


Inferences and






Examples and   
Counter examples

Linked and


Modus Ponens &
Modus Tollens

Formal Fallacies

Ad misericordiam

Ad Hominem

Ad Populum

Scare Tactics

and Axiology


Deduction and

Assumed Premises

Post hoc ergo  
propter hoc



False Dichotomy