From Wonder to Mastery: A Transformative Model for Science Education (Public/Charter School Edition)

  • From Wonder to Mastery: A Transformative Model for Science Education (Public/Charter School Edition)

From Wonder to Mastery: A Transformative Model for Science Education (Public/Charter School Edition)


  • “Mastery is not just for the brightest students at the top of the class. The joy we feel in teaching is perhaps at its height when ordinary kids—those who normally float through year after year with minimal gains in what they know—suddenly experience the thrill of genuine achievement.

    —John Mays

    This is a nonsectarian edition, specifically edited for use in public and charter schools.

    Science education is in need of transformation, and the unique treatment detailed in From Wonder to Mastery is the place to start. In this book, Centripetal Press and Novare Science founder John D. Mays presents a powerful mastery-learning model that has been proven to dramatically improve student learning in science. Drawing on more than two decades in the classroom and a previous career in engineering, John has developed the unique approach to science education based on mastery learning that leads to long-term retention that has been developed and honed through the Centripetal Press and Novare Science curricula.

    Designed for teachers, parents, and administrators, From Wonder to Mastery contains all the vital content from Teaching Science So That Students Learn Science, John’s original guide to the Centripetal Press pedagogical philosophy. This new text also offers a wealth of additional content, as well as an analysis of the research and literature on mastery learning.

    From Wonder to Mastery begins with a focus on the need to foster a sense of wonder in the classroom, and then goes on to explore how mastery learning can be supported through the 4 essential areas of integration with science: epistemology, mathematics, history, and language. The final 5 chapters describe John’s mastery-learning model in detail.

    This book is an excellent resource for professional development, and an essential read for science teachers and administrators who want to build a premier science program at their school. Homeschoolers will also benefit by discovering how the mastery-learning model will propel their children toward greater proficiency and long-term retention.

    • Paperback

      ISBN: 9780998983325

      Pages: 270

      Dimensions: 6in x 9in

    • John D. Mays, Author

      John D. Mays

      After receiving his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, John D. Mays worked for 14 years as an electrical engineering and engineering manager in the areas of electrical, control, and telecommunications systems. Drawn toward the field of education, John acquired an MEd in Secondary Education from the University of Houston in 1989, and subsequently completed 36 hours of graduate study in Physics at Texas A&M. Shortly after joining the faculty at Regents School of Austin in 1999, John began work on an MLA at St. Edward's University, which he completed in 2003. John served as Math-Science Department Chair at Regents School for nine years and as Director of the Laser Optics Lab for 10 years. He founded Novare Science & Math in 2009 and is the author of numerous science texts and teacher resources. He now works full time as Director of Science Curriculum for Classical Academic Press.