Teaching Science Classically: 10 Essential Principles

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If you are like most people, you probably never took a science course in which the instructor referred to creation as a gift or attempted to relate science to goodness and beauty or the fine arts. In this course, John Mays recovers the ways in which Christian science educators can teach science not as a discrete, isolated subject, but as part of tapestry of the true, good, and beautiful that evokes wonder and curiosity.  With 10 words or principles, John Mays discusses the key ideas that inform and transform science pedagogy. These brief lectures will inspire and stimulate important conversations among science educators in classical schools and homeschools!

John Mays’ degrees include a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from the University of Houston, a Master of Liberal Arts degree from St. Edwards University. He also has completed 36 hours of graduate study in the field of Physics. John worked as an engineer and engineering manager for 14 years from 1982 to 1999, with a break for graduate study and teaching appointments.

John entered the field of education in 1985 teaching math in the public school system. Since then he has also taught science and math professionally in various Christian high schools. He was instructor of 20th-century literature at St. Edwards University for nine years and taught statistics and linear algebra at Concordia University for six years. He taught full-time at Regents School of Austin from 1999-2012, serving as Math-Science Department Chair for eight years, and established the Regents Laser Optics Lab. John is the author of Novare’s physics and chemistry textbooks plus many resources including The Student Lab Report Handbook, From Wonder to Mastery: A Transformative Model for Science Education and Science for Every Teacher.

He has three adult children and lives with his wife in San Antonio, Texas.

To learn more about earning a certificate for this course, please visit “How do I Obtain a Course Certificate?” on our FAQ page. Our course certificates are valued by classical schools and co-ops worldwide, and you can also be on your way to obtaining an elective credit toward a Level 1 certificate with your completion of this course. Teachers certified with either ACSI or ACCS will see continuing education unit (CEU) credits listed on our course certificate for you to submit to either organization (with more information on certification credit here).

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Course Includes

  • 14 Lessons
  • 28 Topics
  • 13 Quizzes
  • 0.43 CEUs
  • 4.30 Hours
  • Course Certificate