What will I learn in this eCourse?

Lisa will guide you through a self-paced process to...

  • revisit some core pedagogical practices and principles of a Bookmaking Approach in preschool and early years of primary

  • undertand the core components of a Writing Conference

  • see examples of conferences in action

  • develop ways to decide what to 'nudge' young writers with during a conference

Included resources...

  • a variety of record-keeping templates

  • a tool for assessment that informs your conferences

  • list of possible 'nudges' for our youngest writers (aged 3-8)

  • professional readings by Lisa

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome from Lisa

  • 2

    Module 1 - Revisit Big Ideas about Bookmaking

    • Module 1 - Revisit Some Big Ideas about Bookmaking

    • Emergent Writing Examples

    • What is Bookmaking (for Families)

    • Why I don't Scribe by Lisa Burman

    • Foundations for Writing by Lisa Burman

  • 3

    Module 2 - Writing Conference Structure and Teaching Point

    • Part 1 - Purpose & Structure of Writing Conference

    • Conference with Chase

    • Part 2 - Reflecting on Chase's conference

    • Conference with Elka

    • Part 3 - Reflecting on Elka's Conference

    • Planning for Conferences

    • Possible Teaching Points for Conferences Resource

    • Part 4 - Conferences with Zayra and Will

    • Conference with Zayra

    • Conference with Will

    • Part 5 - Reflecting on Conferences with Zayra and Will

  • 4

    Module 3 - Record Keeping

    • Module 3 - Record Keeping

    • Conference Template 1 (one child)

    • Conference Template 2 - group of children

    • Conference Template 3 - one child with hints (preschool)

    • Conference Template 4 - one child for multiple purposes (preschool)

    • Conference Template 5 - one child (Primary)

    • Lisa's Writing Conference Kit

  • 5

    Module 4 - An Assessment Tool

    • Module 4 - An Assessment Tool

    • Continuum for Bookmaking (preschool to year 2)

    • Continuum for Notebooks (years 3-7)

  • 6

    Certificate of Participation

    • Certificate of Participation


5 star rating

EFfective Writing Conferences

Tony Giannini

Really practivcal and authetic learning. Great practice and good sharing of ideas. Resources very helpful.

Really practivcal and authetic learning. Great practice and good sharing of ideas. Resources very helpful.

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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”.