Dr. Michael Dorer
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I couldn’t have been happier with the response from my staff. One of my lead teachers with 40 years of Montessori experience was so fired up she said that was probably the best lesson she has ever seen on the topic. She thanked me repeatedly for bringing this training to our campus.
We watched lesson 2 this morning and had a wonderful discussion on cosmic education and how we are implementing it as the foundation of our Montessori program. The lesson truly inspired those on staff who already had a good understanding of it, and for the rest of the staff who didn’t, it really helped them catch hold of a vision for cosmic education. My curriculum director turned to me with starry eyes and said this is what we have needed for so long. We are going to be talking about these lessons all year long!Steven Whewell, Head of School, Hill Country Montessori School
“When I look up in the universe, I know I’m small but I’m also big. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me.” Neil deGrasse Tyson
This course offers an overview of the Montessori Cosmic program and discusses how it begins in Early Childhood and extends in a continuum across all levels. It begins with an overview of the meaning and use of the cosmic concept – what does cosmic mean? What is encompassed? What are its components? The course next addresses Cosmic components and programming from Montessori Children’s House (Preschool) through both elementary levels. with a short discussion of the secondary program. This course offers key definitions and descriptions of all themes and topics related to the Cosmic Plan, Cosmic Tasks, and Cosmic Education. Underlying principles of cosmic education include ideas such as: All life has value, a holistic vision, humanity can be a collaborator with nature, altruism, selfishness, and a sense of awe, wonder, humility and gratitude. Cosmic themes common to in early childhood and elementary are: the universe, life, humanity, communications and math. Dr. Dorer shows how these themes start in primary and then extend into the great themes and stories in elementary. Gratitude and appreciation, practical life, and values such as honesty and fairness and cooperation naturally flow out of these themes in both primary and elementary. The course is offered in three 45-minute lectures, followed by a Live Q&A with Dr. Dorer, who will also be available for personalized questions, answers and discussion with participants on the course forum.
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