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Coming Spring 2020. The culmination of John Mays’ development of a mastery-learning paradigm for science. This book is an excellent resource for professional development and for helping schools implement a premier science program.
Coming Spring 2020 – From Wonder to Mastery
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John Mays further develops and expands a mastery-learning paradigm to improve student learning in science. Drawing from two decades in the classroom and a previous career in the engineering industry, Mays is able to bridge the gap between what’s needed in the real world and how teachers can prepare reluctant students for the world they will face.
This book is an excellent resource for professional development, a great summer read for science teachers and administrators who want to build a premier science program at their school.
Home educators will also benefit tremendously by understanding the parameters of the possible in science learning.
While this book focuses primarily on the high school years, material is included that pertains to elementary and middle school. Indeed, science learning can begin from the earliest ages as children with the natural wonder towards the world explore and investigate the marvels of nature.
From the book:
The joke that students hate school is at least 60 years old, but it’s not funny. Let’s think about this. I believe that students do not hate school because they hate learning. Learning is fun! In fact, students generally seem to like school up until 5th or 6th grade. Students don’t hate learning. Students hate school because they hate not learning. The Cram-Pass-Forget Cycle kicks in around 6th or 7th grade because that’s when testing begins paying a larger role in the academic lives of students. Simultaneously, that’s when conventional teaching techniques fostering the Cram-Pass-Forget Cycle begin to dominate.
Put yourself in the student’s position. How would you feel (and how did you feel, when you were a student yourself) if you were required to attend school seven to eight hours every day, submit hundred of assignments, and sit for dozens of tests, and the entire time you knew that at the end of the year you would have very little to show for it, that, in fact, you knew in advance that all these hoops you had to jump through would in the end amount to nothing?