Course Description

Registrations close on 6 April 2021


Reading fluency and comprehension are entwined.  A reader's fluency impacts comprehension and vice versa. 

In this eCourse, you will learn some fun ways to explicitly teach and practise reading fluency with young readers aged 5-12. Lisa shares ideas for mini lessons (whole class explicit teaching) and reading conferences. These can also be modified for small group learning contexts. 

You'll also get to peek inside a few lessons and reading conferences Lisa held with young readers from some of her Partner Schools in South Australia. We want to show you (rather than just tell you about) the kinds of intentional teaching you can do. 


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 guiding questions and prompts so you can make connections along the way. 

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 the Reading Fluency eCourse will take approximately 5 hours. 

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 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. 

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

At the completion of the entire eCourse, a certificate of participation for 5 hours will be supplied to you. 

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 5 from the same site. 

Email Melissa with the names of your team members and she will send you a discount code

You qualify for the team discount if there is more than 5 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. 

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 each week 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, and so recommend that you use this from the start.

How much does it cost?

Full access to the 4 Modules, downloadables and videos is AU$80 per person, including admin fees and GST (Australia). This works out to be less than AU14 per hour for professional learning that you can do in your own time, at your own pace.  

What do I get for this Registration Fee?

  • Access to all 4 Modules
  • Access to videos in real classrooms
  • Reflection Guide for each Module
  • Downloadable Fluency Continuum
  • Downloadable Reading Conference Note templates
  • BONUS! 5 Fabulous Story Tables eBooklet

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”.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome from Lisa

    • Welcome from Lisa

  • 2

    Module 1: Build Your Knowledge about Fluency

    • Module 1 - Reflection Journal

    • Module 1 - Build Your Knowledge about Fluency

  • 3

    Module 2: Strategies for Early Years of Primary

    • Module 2 - Reflection Journal

    • Part 1: Shared Reading and Poem Jigsaws

    • Notes about videos from Lisa

    • Shared Reading - familiar text. Big and Bold for expression (Foundation)

    • Shared Reading - Finger Play

    • Whole Class engaging with Poem Jigsaws (Foundation)

    • Swayam & Ashayl problem solving Poem Jigsaw (Foundation)

    • Poem Jigsaw - ways to revisit and reread

    • Children's opinions about Poem Jigsaws

    • Part 2: Story Tables and Pattern Books

    • Paired Shared Reading

    • Poem Jigsaw - Abby Cat

    • Poem Jigsaw - Beehive

    • Poem Jigsaw - Rocket Ship

    • Poem Jigsaw - Stinky Socks

    • BONUS - 5 Fabulous Story Tables eBooklet

  • 4

    Module 3: Reader's Theatre & Choral Reading

    • Module 3 Reflection Journal

    • Module 3: Reader's Theatre & Choral Reading

    • ABC Fluency Mini Lesson

    • ABC Call and Response Mini Lesson

    • Small Group Reader's Theatre - giving feedback to each other (Year 7)

  • 5

    Module 4: Feedback and Assessment for Learning

    • Module 4 Reflection Journal

    • Module 4: Feedback and Assessment for Learning

    • Cristiano's Reading Conference (Year 7)

    • Reflections on Cristiano's Conference

    • Hannah's conference (Year 7)

    • Reflections on Hannah's conference

    • Lily's Conference (Year 2)

    • Reflections on Lily's Conference

    • Lily Reading Conference Notes - example

    • Aggm's Conference (Year 2)

    • Reflections on Aggm's Conference

    • Aggm - Fluency Continuum example

    • Fluency Continuum

    • Class Overview Recording Sheet

    • Reading Conference Sheet 1

    • Reading Conference Sheet 2

    • Reading Conference Sheet 3

  • 6

    Certificate of Participation

    • Certificate of Participation