• Humanities and Social Sciences

Critical Thinking HASS games

PL # 13859
Starting on 18 May 2023
Cancellation permitted until 11 May 2023

Registration Close : 11 May 2023

Delivery Format : In Person

Pricing Normal
For Members $20
For Catholic Members $25
For Non-Members $30
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Registrations open to :

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


HASS games

How might we embed collaboration, strategic thinking, risk assessment and decision-making alongside content knowledge from the curriculum?

Join us for an after-school workshop of fun and engaging games for primary and secondary HASS teachers, Science Teachers, and Teaching and Learning Leaders, as we are guided by Dr Andy Kirker, a designer and presenter of educational classroom games on themes relating to Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography, Politics and Science.

During this session, Andy will be running one of his strategic games with participants, followed by a discussion of this mode of teaching and a presentation on the full range of educational games.

Andy's games are delivered as a full-classroom experience, with competitive or cooperative teams engaged with each other. They all deliver stated AC General Capabilities, such as Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social Capabilities and Ethical Understanding, and have both educational and values-based sides to them, combining the critical and ethical decision-making process during strategic choices.

Each game also involves intensive group work which focuses on collaboration, patience and cooperation, communication and negotiation skills, and a sense of fair play. Leadership skills such as facilitation, decisiveness, risk assessment, and inclusive conflict resolution are also fostered by this environment.

Learning environments move at a rapid pace, with new initiatives regularly introduced to an already  crowded timetable and demands on a teacher. It can be challenging to find the time to reflect on our own practice, discuss new ways to engage our students and network as a professional learning community.

Join us for a thought-provoking afternoon of reflection, strategic thinking, collaboration and sharing, to connect with like-minded colleagues to learn and grow.
Afternoon tea and resources included.


Maree Whiteley(AISWA Staff)

Teaching And Learning Consultant - Primary
Maree Whiteley<span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Maree Whiteley works with teachers and curriculum leaders to bring innovative and practical pedagogies into the classroom, through special projects and whole-school planning. Currently working as an AISWA Consultant in the Primary Teaching and Learning area, with specific expertise within the Humanities and Social Sciences Learning Area, this gives Maree the perfect platform to go beyond the curriculum, exploring areas of global imperatives for our young people, such as ethical and humanitarian issues, critical thinking and cultural competence. Maree continues to enjoy sharing her experience, knowledge and expertise with others in workshops, conferences and in online forums.

Andy Kirker

Andy Kirker

Dr Andy Kirker is a designer and presenter of educational classroom games, on themes relating to Civics, History, Geography and Science. Andy was trained as an Earth Scientist in NZ and England, and has been a university teacher, website designer, house husband, piano teacher, environmental consultant & spatial scientist, and currently works in youth mental health as a peer coordinator for Headspace. He has lived and taught in the UK, Netherlands, US and now Australia, and in his spare time he designs little games that he has been delivering to students for 15 years.

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Critical Thinking HASS games

Date / Time

18 May 2023 Starts: 16:00 Finishes: 18:00

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Training Room Suite 1


Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017

Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). To use these bays, you will need to first download the EasyPark App on your phone. https://bit.ly/3R63Ndg When you arrive you can scan the QR code on the parking meter to pay for your parking using the app. Please note that the meters are no longer accepting cash or card payments. Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

PL Hours : 6.50

Learning Area

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

School Area

  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)

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