What this course offers

To many elementary Montessori guides, the instructional process is intimidating, even baffling. The curriculum seems daunting and intellectually challenging, even for the adult. The guide finds him or herself caught between a variety of challenges: 

Should I follow each child’s interests? How should I group the children? What about the widely different ability levels?  What about choice? I just can’t get it all done! Too little time!

Too often, guides are exhausted and frustrated by what can seem like an impossible task: covering the entire elementary scope. There are some reasons for that. 

The guide may: 

  • be simply attempting too few or too many lessons. 
  • be offering too much detail.
  • be caught up in a drive for mastery.
  • be lacking clear guidelines and expectations.
  • be teaching reactively rather than proactively.
  • be teaching as though it is a Children’s House, presenting to one child at a time.
  • have poor, inadequate, or no lesson planning.
  • be caught up in overly detailed records.

The Results?

The results can be devastating for teachers, and by extension, for schools. Extreme cases may well lead to burnout or leaving the profession. Some teachers proclaim that Montessori simply will not work with this age or with “these children.” Some guides split children in ways that do not guarantee offering every child the whole curriculum. Others resort to non-Montessori instructional aids, such as card-based directives (task cards), worksheets, work plans, workbooks, or textbooks. 

Does this describe you or a colleague? Are there some parts of it that apply to you?

The good news is that there are some solutions, many of which will work. You can teach successfully, offering elementary Montessori children the whole curriculum. Of course, implementing these solutions will require some changes in how you operate in the classroom.

In this course, I will lead you through eight steps which can be taken to allow you to teach it all successfully. This will be an overview. 

In brief, these are the eight steps which can transform your teaching practice to successfully teaching the entire curriculum.

  1. A curriculum plan
  2. Weekly lesson plans
  3. Designated Days
  4. The Great Period
  5. One lesson per group, per subject, per week.
  6. Open Lesson Policy
  7. Focus Groups in the Afternoon
  8. Guided Discovery

Join me. This course may make all the difference in your work as an elementary Montessori teacher/guide


Course curriculum

  • 01

    Preliminary Work

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    • Module Preliminary Guide
    • Introduction to the Course
    • You Can Teach It All Course Calendar Cohort 1
    • You Can Teach it All Course Outline
    • You Can Teach It All: Summary of All Videos
    • Survey: Please Complete This Brief Survey
    • Preliminary Work Module 0 Article: Ten Essential Montessori Principles
    • Discussion Forum: Let's Talk
  • 02

    Module 1

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    • Module 1 Guide
    • Module 1 Video: The Challenge and the Opportunity
    • Article on Managing the Elementary Curriculum
    • Montessori Curriculum Michael Dorer Part 1
    • Module 1 Discussion Forum: The Challenge and the Opportunity
    • Module 1 Quiz
  • 03

    Module 2

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    • Module 2 Guide
    • Module 2.1 Video: Eight Steps to Managing the Elementary Curriculum
    • Module 2.1 Excerpt from My Dissertation on Montessori Curriculum
    • Module 2.1 Discussion: A Planned Curriculum
    • Module 2.1 Sample Overview One Year Curriculum: Arithmetic
    • Module 2.2 Video: Lesson Planning
    • Module 2.2 Organizing Montessori Instruction
    • Webcast Managing the Elementary Curriculum Review
    • Module 2.2 Blank Lesson Plans
    • Module 2.2 Discussion: Lesson Planning
    • Module 2: Survey Style Quiz
  • 04

    Module 3

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    • Module 3 Guide
    • Module 3.1 Video: Lesson Organization
    • Module 3.1 Image: Lesson Strategy
    • Module 3.1 pdf: Sample Weekly Plan
    • Module 3.2 Video: Open Lesson Policy
    • Module 3.3 Video: Follow Up Work
    • Module 3.3 pdf: Follow Up
    • Montessori Curriculum Michael Dorer Part 2
    • Module 3.3 Discussion: Follow-Up Work
    • Module 3: Quiz
  • 05

    Module 4

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    • Module 4 Guide
    • Module 4.1 Video: Guided Discovery
    • Module 4.2 Video: Setting Priorities
    • Module 4.2 Table: Key, Guided, and Discretionary Lessons
    • Module 4.3 Video: Focused Learning Groups
    • Module 4.3 PowerPoint: Get in Focus
    • Webcast Managing the Elementary Curriculum Part 2
    • Module 4.3 Discussion: Focus Groups
    • Module 4 Survey
  • 06

    Module 5

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    • Module 5 Guide
    • Module 5 Video: C.O.R.A.
    • Montessori Curriculum Michael Dorer Part 3
    • Module 5 Discussion: CORA
    • Module 5 Quiz
  • 07

    Module 6

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    • Module 6 Guide
    • Module 6 Video: Wrapping Up
    • Module 6 PowerPoint: Ten Essential Montessori Principles (Plus One!)
    • Webcast Managing the Elementary Curriculum Part 3
    • Module 6 Discussion: Wrapping Up
    • Module 6 : Final Quiz
  • 08

    Module 7

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    • Module 7 Guide

Cost - Ongoing Access

This is a 7-week course. Even though much of the course is pre-recorded, we limit each cohort that begins to 25 students to ensure that we can offer personal attention. New cohorts form as enrollment warrants, but normally each cohort is spaced out by 2-4 weeks after the previous one begins. Once you register, you will have ongoing access to the course. During your course, we will offer 3 or more optional live video sessions, which we will record and upload so you can see them again or watch them if you missed a live session. 

All students who complete the course (viewing videos, completing assignments, and passing quizzes) will get a Certificate of Completion from the Montessori Foundation.

Additionally, if you are interested, Sarasota University offers 5 Continuing Education Units for a fee of $20 (There will be a link to sign up for CEUs inside the course.)

$445 - Individual registration - Non-International Montessori Council (IMC) Member


$378.25 . - IMC Members (15% discount) *


$378.25  - Non-IMC Member Schools that enroll three or more teachers (15% discount) * Contact [email protected] for enrollment and special code for your group


$356.00 IMC Member Schools that enroll three or more teachers (20% discount) * Contact [email protected] for enrollment and special code for your group


Schools that wish to enroll every elementary teacher on their faculty (8 or more) Contact [email protected] for enrollment and special code for your group

* Learn more about IMC Membership www.montessori.org/IMC

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Group discounts are available


Instructor Bio:

Michael Dorer, Ed.D., is a senior consultant in the Montessori Foundation with a specialization in Montessori curriculum. His pedagogical interests include imagination, holism, classroom leadership, and storytelling in Montessori programs. He has authored seven Montessori textbooks, including The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom.

Michael Dorer

Senior Consultant, The Montessori Foundation

Michael Dorer