The Power of our Words

taught by Lisa Burman

Course description

An intentional educator is conscious of the language s/he uses when interacting with and in conversation about children. Our words communicate more than a literal message: they convey our values and beliefs about children and learning.  

Do our words match a view of children as rich in potential for learning?  

How do they help or hinder children to see themselves as powerful learners? 

This short eCourse explores how educator language plays a critical role in communicating the importance of learning dispositions such as purposefulness, perseverance and flexible thinking. It will support you to reflect on how the words you use can create the conditions for children to build an identity as a strong learner.  

Whilst the eCourse includes examples from early childhood education, the importance of this topic is not limited to working with young children. No matter what age group you teach, The Power of our Words will provide you with food for thought about the words you use every day. 


How much does this eCourse cost?

AU$49.00 per participant for 6 months access to course materials.

How long does it take to complete?

This is hard to judge as everyone learns at his/her own pace. I estimate between 2 and 3 hours, depending on whether your learning on your own or as part of a small group. The eCourse is divided into 4 parts so you can take your time and do one part at a time, or you can do all 4 at once. 

What technology do I need?

We find that Google Chrome is the most stable browser to use, but the main requirement is a reliable internet service. If you have any technical issues, please email Melissa at with details and screenshots. She can usually help you out or will refer you to Thinkific Support. We have found they respond quickly to the few technical issues people have had (it is most often about your local internet speed). 

How long do I have to complete the eCourse?

You will be given 6 months access, but if you need to extend this time (we understand that 'life' happens!), just email Melissa at and she will extend your registration, no questions asked. 

Do I get a Certificate for my Professional Development record? 

Yes! Upon completion of the eCourse, you can download a Certificate of Participation for 2.5 hours that is also aligned to the Australian Teaching Standards. 

When can I start?

The Power of our Words eCourse is 'evergreen', which means it is always available for purchase and ready to go for you. As soon as your payment is processed, you will be able to access the eCourse materials for 6 months. 

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”.