Do your mini lessons often blow out to become 'maxi' lessons?

Are you interested in ways to ensure your teaching is clear, explicit AND also engages the thinking of young writers?

In this eCourse, Lisa will share...

  • Some thoughts around ways to frame learning intentions so they do not limit the shared thinking from the start

  • How she plans mini lessons to be brief, concise and clear

  • A glimpse into her own teaching so you can see and hear it in action

  • A mini lesson planner you can use

  • Examples of mini lesson plans


  • 1

    Welcome from Lisa

    • Welcome from Lisa

    • Trouble Shooting Guide

  • 2

    Part 1

    • Part 1 - Foundations

    • Components of a

    • Observation Sheet

    • Mini Lesson Video - Year 1

    • Mini Lesson Planner Template

  • 3

    Part 2

    • Part 2 - Reflecting on my lesson

    • Reflection Circle - Sharing our Noticings

  • 4

    Part 3

    • Part 3 - Clarity for Learning

    • Practice Sheet

  • 5

    Part 4

    • Part 4 - Teaching

    • Mini Lesson example - consistent characters F-1

    • Mini Lesson example - genres from one topic Yr 2-3

    • Mini Lesson example - Show not tell yr 5-6

    • Copy of Slides

  • 6

    Certificate of Participation

    • Certificate of Participation


  • 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 Part. The downloadable Reflection Guide supports your thinking with key points from each Part. It will be a valuable resource to keep for your future planning.

  • How long does this eCourse 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 this eCourse will take approximately 3 hours. This includes time for you to engage in your own planning. It is not total screen time.

  • How long do I have to complete the eCourse?

    Don’t worry if reports are due or your children get sick and you don’t get to complete all the Parts in a session or two. You will have six months to access all course materials, 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 the eCourse, a certificate of participation for 3 hours will be available to download.

  • 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 eCourse is AU$40 per person, including admin fees and GST (Australia). This works out to only AU$13 per hour for professional learning that you can do in your own time, at your own pace.

About Lisa Burman

Lisa Burman

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”.