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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 considers herself a teacher, first and foremost; which means she also sees herself as a constant learner, fascinated with childhood and the power of learning to transform. Currently Director and Principal Consultant for Lisa Burman Consultants, Lisa’s education career began in South Australia and led her on an exciting adventure consulting in and around New York City for ten years.
Every experience and community along the way has enriched and informed her vision for learning, but none more so than her study of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project for the past 20 years.In 2012, Lisa was honoured to be invited onto the Partners Table for the Carla Rinaldi Thinker in Residence programme and she has spoken at many international and national conferences.
The process of writing her book, “Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn”, gave Lisa the gift of time and a true and real purpose for delving into her own personal theories about listening. Since its publication, Lisa has continued this ‘everyday research’, constantly wondering about and reflecting on what it truly means to listen. Her favourite work, however, remains side-by-side with educators and children through her everyday consultancy work.