Effective Think-Alouds in Reading 


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Done well, think-alouds are a highly effective teaching practice for reading instruction.

So why does the research say it is such an underused practice?

Why think-alouds?

 Effective think-alouds are one of the most useful tools you have in the reading classroom.

When you demonstrate reading -and share your thoughts aloud as you do so- your students learn about the internal conversation all readers have as they engage with a text. Although this conversation is critical in building comprehension as you read, it remains a secret for far too many students (who often have no idea about all the chatter that goes on in the mind of a proficient reader.)

Don't be fooled into thinking you can pull any book of the the shelf, read it and share your thinking aloud though, there's much more to effective think-alouds than you might first think!

What you'll learn in this course

The what, why and how of effective think-alouds.

How to plan for effective think-alouds

A life changing tech tip for sharing books in the classroom.

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What's inside the course?

This 2 hour online course starts as soon as you sign up and is divided into the following lessons:

  • Lesson 1: The Gradual Release of Responsibility [17 mins]
  • Lesson 2: The What and WHY of think-alouds [13 mins]
  • Lesson 3: Planning a think-aloud (Part 1) [13 mins]
  • Lesson 4: Planning a think-aloud (Part 2) [7 mins]
  • Lesson 5: Planning a think-aloud (Part 3) [9 mins]
  • Lesson 6: A note on comprehension strategy instruction [8 mins]
  • Lesson 7: Life changing tech tips for sharing books in your classroom [9 mins]¬†

You'll have access to the content for 6 months and you can download a participation certificate once you've completed the course.

Course feedback


“I loved this PD as it wasn’t too long and overwhelming. It was perfect, straight to the point and easy to understand. I know exactly what I need to refine and how to be more explicit when coaching my teams with the delivery of lessons online and within the classroom. The resources we received are very helpful.”


“I have a deeper understanding of how to perform think-alouds- the theory behind it and its importance as well as the three stages involved in an effective one. I feel more prepared and confident when planning and creating lesson plans that incorporate think-alouds for reading comprehension strategy lessons as well as incorporating it within my writing lessons."

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All the details:

What: This is a self-paced online course. It includes course videos, a demonstration think aloud and downloadable resources to help you plan your own effective think alouds. 

When: This course is available right now. You'll have access to the course for 6 months from the date of purchase.

Price: $40AUD + GST ($44 total) per person. If you'd like to enquire about large group discounts (or pay in another currency)¬†please email [email protected]

Time: 2 hours total (including course videos and tasks).

The good part: 5% of all profits from Oz Lit Teacher courses go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

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2-hours of professional development that you can access anytime, any time, from any device.

You'll have access to the course for 6-months so you can revisit the videos and resources as many times as you like in that time.

The course is accessible via desktop or laptop and even through the Kajabi app on your tablet or phone. (Which means you can listen to the lessons while out walking the dog.)