What this course offers

This will be the ninth cohort of this very popular course, which seems to meet a real need for many elementary guides... It will run 8 weeks starting January 10th, 2021.  You will have ongoing access after the course is done.

There is no one time when you must be online live. The work will unfold week-by-week. Optional discussions will be offered a few times during the course.

Many elementary Montessori guides find the instructional process to be 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 that can be taken to allow you to teach it all successfully. This will be an overview. 

In brief, these are the eight steps that 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



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

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome Wagon

    Show Content
    • Welcome to the Course
    • Online Netiquette to review
    • Planned Schedule for Cohort Ten
    • Hello for Welcome Wagon
    • Introducing Rose Dorer
    • Remember that this course runs from January 12 through March 16, 2021
    • All about Zoom Sessions Cohort 10
    • Discussion: Getting Started
  • 02

    Preliminary Work

    Show Content
    • Video: Introduction to the Course
    • Ten Essential Montessori Principles (Plus One!)
    • Rose Dorer
    • Tim Seldin
    • All about Zoom Sessions Cohort 10
    • Discussion Forum: Let's Talk
  • 03

    Module 1

    Show Content
    • Video: The Challenge and the Opportunity
    • A letter from Michael about the workbook
    • Teach it All Workbook 10.0
    • Horizontal Curriculum Webinar
    • Webcast Montessori Curriculum Part 1
    • Article: Can You Teach it All?
    • A Conversation With Rose Dorer About Teachers' Challenges
    • Discussion: The Challenge and the Opportunity
    • New Montessori Vocabulary Teach It All
  • 04

    Module 2

    Show Content
    • Video: Eight Steps to Managing the Elementary Curriculum
    • Webcast Montessori Curriculum Part 2 Michael Dorer
    • Kindergarten Expectations PDF
    • Curriculum from Dissertation on Montessori PDF
    • Sample One Year Curriculum: Arithmetic
    • Sample One Year Curriculum: History
    • Rose Dorer - The importance of the Great Period
    • Discussion: A Planned Curriculum
  • 05

    Module 3

    Show Content
    • Video: Lesson Organization
    • Video: Open Lesson Policy
    • Webcast Montessori Curriculum Part 3 Michael Dorer
    • Organizing Montessori Instruction PDF
    • Sample 5X5 Filled Out
    • Rose Dorer - Curriculum Equity
    • Discussion: Open Lessons
  • 06

    Module 4

    Show Content
    • Video: Lesson Planning
    • Video: Follow Up
    • Lesson Plan Outline
    • Follow Up PDF
    • Elementary Lesson Plans Blank PDF (Just an example)
    • Elementary Lesson Plans Filled Out
    • Discussion: Follow-Up Work
  • 07

    Module 5

    Show Content
    • Video: Setting Priorities
    • Video: Guided Discovery
    • Webcast Managing the Elementary Curriculum Part 1
    • PDF Kinds of Elementary Lessons
    • A Conversation With Dr. Robin Howe
    • Discussion: Guided Discovery
  • 08

    Module 6

    Show Content
    • Video: Focused Learning Groups
    • Webcast Managing the Elementary Curriculum Part 2
    • PDF Get in Focus
    • Image: Lesson Strategy
    • Giving Good Lessons
    • Discussion: Focus Groups
  • 09

    Module 7

    Show Content
    • Video: How to End a Lesson
    • Video: The Flow of the Class - CORA
    • Webcast Managing the Elementary Curriculum Part 3
    • Rose Dorer Discusses CORA
    • A Conversation with Shanna Honan
    • Discussion CORA
  • 10

    Module 8

    Show Content
    • Video: Wrapping Up
    • Inspiration
    • Webcast: Managing the Elementary Curriculum review
    • PowerPoint (PDF): Ten Essential Montessori Principles (Plus One!)
    • Audio: Goals of the Elementary Program Talk
    • Goals of the Elementary Program PDF
    • A Conversation with Tim Seldin
    • Discussion: The Course Concludes

Cost - Ongoing Access

This is an 8-week course. Even though much of the course is pre-recorded, we limit each cohort that begins to about 30 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.. 

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.)

$495 - Individual registration - Non-International Montessori Council (IMC) Member


$445.00 . - IMC Members (15% discount) *


$445  - Non-IMC Member Schools that enroll three or more teachers (15% discount) * Contact timseldin@montessori.org for enrollment and special code for your group


$396.00 IMC Member Schools that enroll three or more teachers (20% discount) * Contact timseldin@montessori.org for enrollment and special code for your group


Schools that wish to enroll every elementary teacher on their faculty (8 or more) Contact timseldin@montessori.org 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