Playful Literacy

Build children's literacy through their natural ways of learning. | taught by Lisa Burman

Interested in this course? Email us at admin@lisaburman.com.au

Course description


February Launch now closed. 

Next launch will be in September 2018



Children enter the world of literacy through their play. They bring with them a wealth of literacy understandings and competencies as they enter educational settings. Taking a playful pedagogical stance to literacy values and honours children's prior learning, their dispositions for learning and holds a positive, competent view of the child. It enables children to use their natural ways of learning - playing, moving, talking, listening. observing, reading social cues, imagining and creating.

This eCourse explores symbolic play, oral language and mark-making as the roots of print-based literacy. Reading and writing depend on the conceptual understandings, knowledge and dispositions that are developed as children play. You can participate on your own or with a small team of colleagues.


"Lisa Burman's Playful Literacy eCourse is detailed and engaging, with a focus on the roots that reading and writing have in children's play and oral language. The content encourages reflective practice, allowing educators to enrich their spaces, interactions, and ultimately, the learning of the children in their care."     Clare Crew - Thriving Children

Scroll down to see what other participants are saying about the Playful Literacy eCourse. 



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Commonly Asked Questions

I’ve never done an online course before – what is it like?

I personally talk you though a series of slides that you’ll follow at your own pace on the screen. You have control over how slowly or quickly you work through each Module. The downloadable Reflection Guide supports your thinking with key points from each Module and guide questions and prompts so you can make connections along the way. In between Modules there are recommended foci for observing children learning as they play. The downloadable Observation Guide supports you in your observations and in naming the learning.


How long does each Module take?

It is difficult to know this exactly, because everyone learns at their own pace and will take different amounts of time to journal and/or discuss with colleagues. However, a rough estimate is that each Module will take approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. Modules are also broken into parts so you have the option of breaking it down even further if this suits you. 


Do I need to do the Modules in order?

Yes. The Modules are designed to build on each other and need to be followed in order. However, you can always return to a previous Module if you want to review anything. 


How long will the whole eCourse take?

Again, this is hard to know as your personal schedule will determine how often you can engage with the online materials. I recommend that you give yourself a week in between each Module so you can consolidate your thinking and also have time for the Between Module Observations. For this reason, the Modules are ‘dripped’ out to you once a week. But don’t worry if reports are due or your children get sick and you don’t get to a Module one week. You will have six months to access it so you have the time to devote to your learning. 


Do I get Professional Development credit for the hours of professional learning?

At the completion of Module 5, a certificate of participation for 15 hours will be supplied to you. (This is based on 2 hours per Module and an estimated 5 hours for the Between Module Observations.)


How does it work if I want my Team to participate together?

We all know we learn so much more when we have the chance to talk about our thinking and listen to others’ ideas. 

We have found it to be more effective for each participant to have a separate log-in (to work through the Modules independently and then you can meet as a group to discuss). To support your team to learn together, we offer a Team Discount for groups more than 3 from the same site. 

Email Melissa at admin@lisaburman.com.au with the names of your team members and she will send you a discount code ($100 discount for each participant). 

You qualify for the team discount if there is more than 3 participants from the same site/team.


But what if I don’t have a team to learn with?

Don’t worry! You will still get a lot from the eCourse if you need to learn on your own. I’ve designed Reflection Guides to support you to journal about your thinking. In fact, even if you’re learning with a team it is a good idea to journal your ideas. The Observation Guides will also support you to make connections to your context. And…one of the reasons I decided to use Thinkific as the hosting site for my eCourses is each eCourse has a Discussions capacity. So if you like to feel connected to some others who are learning through the eCourse at the same time as you, you can post ideas or questions in the Discussions and build some online connections. I check in on the Discussions from time to time also. 


What technology do I need?

All you need is a computer with speakers and access to a reliable internet service. The course modules have been thoroughly tested across multiple devices and browsers and are all functioning correctly, but occasionally some users run into issues. These are usually related to specific computers, internet browsers, internet connections or school security firewalls.

To avoid the frustration of being blocked by your site’s security firewall (which unfortunately we can't control), we recommend that prior to beginning the eCourse, you contact your school’s ICT/Network manager about removing any security block on the eCourse or Thinkific site.

We also find that GoogleChrome is a more reliable browser for the Thinkific platform so you might like to use this from the start.


How much does it cost?

Full access to the 5 Modules is AU$250 per person, including admin fees and GST (Australia). This works out to be less than AU$18 per hour for professional learning that you can do in your own time, at your own pace. 

You can also access our payment plan of 2 instalments of AU$130 each.  Full payment must be received prior to your access to the Playful Literacy eCourse. 


What do I get for this Registration Fee?

  • Access to all 5 Modules
  • Reflection Guide for each Module
  • Observation Guide for 4 Modules
  • Downloadable examples and templates for planning for playful literacy learning.
  • Free Bonus: eBook “5 Fabulous Story Tables – Getting Started with Playful Literacy.” (AU$20 value)



Lisa Burman
Lisa Burman
Director & Principal Consultant

Lisa is an educator who sees herself as an ‘every-day researcher’, fascinated with childhood and learning. After a number of years teaching and leading primary schools in Australia, she consulted in and around New York for ten years. Her highly regarded consultancy business is now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Lisa’s interests include early childhood education and care, imbedding and contextualizing the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project within learning environments, play, literacy learning, inquiry learning and strengthening children’s connections to nature. She is passionate about pedagogies that see children as capable and competent learners who are skilled in researching life and making connections. Her favourite work is side-by-side with children and educators in their learning settings.

Lisa has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including REAIE Landscapes of Imagination Conference (Melbourne, 2016), International Reading Association Annual Convention (Chicago, 2006), Australian Literacy Educators Association Annual Conference (Darwin, 2006), National Staff Developers Association New York State Conference (Rochester, 2006) and National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Convention (Atlanta, 2006). Each year she is invited to present keynote addresses and facilitate workshops at regional and international conferences. Lisa writes a quarterly newsletter and is presently working on ideas for her second book.Her first book was published by Redleaf Press and is titled “Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn”.

info@lisaburman.com.au

Reviews (10)

Gut instincts turn into real world possibilities

by Jo Pfitzner
This course has met all of its objectives to a very high standard, and has exceeded my expectations! After returning to the classroom a few years ago after a long break, I was dismayed by the formalisation of every aspect of learning, from early childhood right through Primary school. My three boys went to a Steiner School, and I saw first hand how essential it is that children develop strong roots before being introduced to more academic learning, I have wanted to figure out how to incorporate these ideas into a mainstream curriculum. Lisa's playful literacy course is packed with what's needed. From articulating personal theories through studying educational research, to learning practical ways to introduce playful literacy into the classroom; from highlighting the benefits of skilled observation to 'back mapping' these observations to the written curriculum; from exploring rather than merely covering the curriculum to gaining confidence in advocating for richer and more natural ways for children to be literate, this e-course has been invigorating, motivation, most educational...and fun!

by Katie Ashmead

Reflection

by Largs Bay
I have found this course thought provoking and definitely has helped guide my practice to incorporate more playful literacy.
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Gut instincts turn into real world possibilities

by Jo Pfitzner
This course has met all of its objectives to a very high standard, and has exceeded my expectations! After returning to the classroom a few years ago after a long break, I was dismayed by the formalisation of every aspect of learning, from early childhood right through Primary school. My three boys went to a Steiner School, and I saw first hand how essential it is that children develop strong roots before being introduced to more academic learning, I have wanted to figure out how to incorporate these ideas into a mainstream curriculum. Lisa's playful literacy course is packed with what's needed. From articulating personal theories through studying educational research, to learning practical ways to introduce playful literacy into the classroom; from highlighting the benefits of skilled observation to 'back mapping' these observations to the written curriculum; from exploring rather than merely covering the curriculum to gaining confidence in advocating for richer and more natural ways for children to be literate, this e-course has been invigorating, motivation, most educational...and fun!

by Katie Ashmead

Reflection

by Largs Bay
I have found this course thought provoking and definitely has helped guide my practice to incorporate more playful literacy.

Works fine

by Carole Saunders
The content was interesting and informative. Some great ideas and a very good way into literacy through play. Nicely organised and thoughtfully presented. Caused a great deal of reflection on what I was already doing and what I could do better. Great examples both talked about and visually represented.

very meaningful

by Kathy Boelsma
I thought this course was amazing and thoughtful. Very well done in the way the ideas flowed together. I have already used some ideas with others, increased my level of knowledge, I really really enjoyed it, I cannot think of one thing to improve this experience.

Very inspiring and motivational!

by vicki shaver
A nice balance of theory and practical ideas for application in the classroom or childcare setting. The planning tools and samples of how to align "playful practices" with written curriculum standards were helpful. The content was clearly presented, easy to navigate, and I appreciated being able to work at my own pace. Looking forward to the next e-Course!

Playful Literacy

by Amy Clifford
Absolutely fantastic to have something that focuses on both early childhood and foundation/early years. It was great to be able to undertake professional training alongside my school teacher colleagues and learn form them in the process. It has certainly brought the connection between the school and kindergarten at St Mels. Thanks Lisa

Playful literacy

by Jenny McMahon
This was my first e- course and I found it refreshing to be able to go over notes and take my own time with the learning. The reflection and observation guides were valuable and added depth to my learning. My expectations with the course were met and even though a lot of this learning was not new to me I found it exciting to be able to revisit and confirm what we as preschool educators know. It has given me some excellent ideas for story tables and also for planning and assessment links. Thankyou Lisa

Playful Literacy e-course

by vicki gleed
Thoroughly enjoyed it. I was able to put lots of things into practice as I went through the course. I especially liked the story table ideas and have used this as part of our shared reading learning. The children love coming in each day and making the story table. They are so creative and are able to recount the stories both orally and in their writers workshop bookmaking. Cheers Vicki Gleed

Saved the best untill last

by Adelphie Williams
The most helpful section for me was the last topic on assessment. Lisa gave such practical was to assess a playful approach to literacy against the Australian Curriculum in Primary school settings.

Interested in this course? Email us at admin@lisaburman.com.au