Did you know that some of our lessons can be great, really Great?

Of course there are many good lessons, even some very good lessons, but there are certain lessons which are especially great! They are so Great that they are called the Great Lessons.

Join Michael in this exciting, focused, fun, and eye-opening course on the Great Lessons. You may be surprised! You will discover that this is not simply a rehashing of Montessori ideas or conventional Montessori knowledge. Be prepared to learn new and different things and experience challenging ideas while experiencing so much input from many different sources.

You will really benefit if you are a Montessori guide or trainee for the elementary years. Maybe you need a refresher on great lessons or maybe you never even had them in training. This course is also ideal for primary guides, heads of school, teacher educators, adolescent guides, curriculum directors, homeschoolers, and parents. In fact, anyone who is curious about the Great Lessons is welcome.

You will find that there is, in fact, something for everyone in this class. Eight modules with Michael's prerecorded talks, 19 diverse, rich, and stimulating interviews with Montessori guides from all the world over, a real album-like resource book with references from respected educators and foundational theories, and a concluding zoom session to boot!  That is a lot for one class, even one that is great.

This class is all self-paced, so you can hurry through or take your time-it is up to you.

Be part of something great-great lessons. Sign up today! Ask a friend or colleague to join you in this learning opportunity.

A recent review:

"This course brings clarity and focus. I will continue to revisit it. Michael Dorer really helped me to understand the significance of the Great Lessons and how the entire program from Elementary onwards connects to them. It was also helpful to hear the interviews with various Montessori educators. Many mentioned how teachers can be intimidated by giving the Great Lessons for different reasons. There are so many reasons for this: not wanting to make errors, not starting when we think we should, not having all of the materials, and wondering how to include the experiments. It was refreshing to hear that there is not a one size fits all approach and that some teachers present the experiments first and then refer to them. I was also glad to know that while they should ideally be presented at the start of the year, they can be presented later or more than once. Thank you, Michael Dorer, this course made a huge impact.   Jean Bishop 

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Preliminary Module: Get Ready for The Great Lessons

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    • A message from the instructor
    • Introduction to Great Lessons
    • How to use this course
    • Great Lessons Resource Book
    • Great Lessons Interview with Laurie
    • Great Lessons Interview with Judi
  • 02

    Module One: Beginning the Great Lessons

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    • Beginning The Great Lessons
    • Great Lessons Introduction.pdf
    • Great Lessons outline
    • Great Lesson Interview with Amira
    • Interview with Andrew Kutt
  • 03

    Module Two: The First Great Lesson

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    • Introduction to The First Great Lesson
    • The First Great Lesson
    • Scheduling the Great Lessons
    • The Charts
    • Clock of the Eras Image
    • The Clock of The Eras
    • Interview with Peter Hanson
    • Interview with Stephanie Pullman
  • 04

    Module Three: The Second Great Lesson

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    • Introduction to the Second Great Lesson
    • The Second Great Lesson
    • Introduction to Two Short Stories
    • The Creatures on a Quest
    • The Great Invasion
    • Great Lessons Interview with Melissa
    • Great Lessons Interview with Zarrin
  • 05

    Module Four: The Third Great Lesson

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    • Introduction to the Third Great Lesson
    • The Third Great Lesson
    • Interview with Lindsey
    • Great Lessons Interview with Rose
  • 06

    Module Five: The Fourth Great Lesson

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    • Introduction to the Fourth Great Lesson
    • Intro PP to Fourth Great Lesson
    • The First Word
    • The Ox and the House
    • The Ox and the House Drawing
    • The Piece of Paper that Sees and Speaks
    • Interview with Nick
    • Great Lessons Interview with Heba
  • 07

    Module Six: The Fifth Great Lesson

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    • Introduction to the Fifth Great Lesson
    • Dawn Child
    • Our Numbers
    • Interview with Ann
    • Interview with Robin
  • 08

    Module Seven: Summing Up

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    • Concluding Ideas
    • Summing up
    • Great Lessons Summing up.pdf
    • Scheduling the Great Lessons: Review
    • Interview with Jacki
    • Interview with Kemonni
  • 09

    Module Eight: A Synchronous Zoom Meeting

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    • Connections
    • Connections.pdf
    • Interview with Shanna Honan
    • Interview with Tim

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Instructor Bio:

Michael Dorer is a Montessori educator, with a doctorate in Instructional Leadership, and Montessori credentials from AMI and AMS for 3-6, and 6-12. He has worked in Montessori education since 1969 with Toddlers, Children’s House, Elementary, Adolescents, and adults in Montessori teacher training. He is a frequent speaker, presenter, storyteller, and school consultant. Michael has written seven Montessori curriculum manuals, and many articles. His newest book is The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom, published by Parent-Child Press. Michael is the retired Director of Montessori at St. Catherine University and founded the Montessori Institute at Westminster College in Utah.

Michael Dorer

Montessori Foundation Senior Consultant

Michael Dorer