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ALGEBRA 1 SERIES

second edition

7 Books.  760+ pages.  1,900+ scenarios.

ALGEBRA 2 SERIES

second edition

8 Books.  880+ pages.  2,100+ scenarios.

ABOUT THE

BOOKS 

LEARNING MATH THROUGH GUIDED DISCOVERY:

Guided Discovery is designed to help you experience a sense of discovery as you learn each new topic.

WHY THIS CURRICULUM IS NAMED SUMMIT MATH:

Learning through Guided Discovery can be compared to climbing a mountain.  Climbing and learning both require effort and persistence.  In both activities, people naturally move at different paces, but they can reach the summit if they keep moving forward.  Whether you race rapidly through these books or step slowly through each scenario, this curriculum is designed to keep advancing your learning until you reach the end of the book.

GUIDED DISCOVERY SCENARIOS:

The Guided Discovery Scenarios in each book are written and arranged to show you that new math concepts are related to previous concepts you have already learned.  Try to fully understand each scenario before moving on to the next one.  To do this, try the scenario on your own first, check your answer when you finish, and then fix any mistakes, if needed.  Making mistakes and struggling are essential parts of the learning process.

HOMEWORK & EXTRA PRACTICE SCENARIOS:

After you complete the scenarios in each Guided Discovery section, you may think you know those topics well, but over time, you will forget what you have learned.  Extra practice will help you develop better retention of each topic.  Use the Homework and Extra Practice Scenarios to improve your understanding and to increase your ability to retain what you have learned.

THE ANSWER KEY:

The Answer Key is included to promote learning.  When you finish a scenario, you can get immediate feedback.  When the Answer Key is not enough to help you fully understand a scenario, you should try to get additional guidance from another student or a teacher.

BENEFITS FOR

TEACHERS 

Less full-class lecturing = More 1-on-1 helping.  Move around the room as students learn.

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Differentiate instruction.  Diverse students naturally learn at diverse paces.  While students work through the scenarios in each book, their readiness can determine their pace.

Facilitate cooperative learning groups. When students share their ideas, the teacher is no longer the only person students can go to for help.

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New to teaching?  The books arrange topics in a logical order.  Let them help you plan your lessons.

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When these books guide student learning, the class size can feel smaller, because some students may need minimal guidance.

The books spiral back to previous content, making students look back as they move forward.

BENEFITS FOR

Students can learn math at different paces and they can work in groups to learn with other students.

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Students write in the books, reducing the challenge of taking notes while listening to a teacher talk.

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Some students can learn each topic without additional guidance from a teacher.

 

Students who need extra help can get 1-on-1 help from their teacher or work through their classmates to resolve confusion.

 

STUDENTS 

ABOUT THE

AUTHOR

Alex Joujan, M.S.Ed

Alex Joujan is a faculty member at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ where he has been teaching since 2011. During this time he has been the recipient of two awards for his teaching. Alex started writing his own resources in 2013 to improve the learning experience in his classroom. This project developed into the Summit Math series of books, so named to reflect that his curriculum is like hiking; although hiking requires effort and persistence, people can hike at different paces and still reach the summit of the hike. Similarly, Summit Math books are designed to guide students toward a mastery of each topic, while allowing students to learn at their own pace.

 

Alex was born in Mukinge, Zambia and moved to Chattanooga, TN when he was 5. His family moved to TN after his father died in a car accident, and he is grateful to the many people who guided him through his childhood. His decision to pursue a career in teaching was partially motivated by his appreciation for the impact that his teachers had in his life. In 2005, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Muhlenberg College. In 2006, he earned his M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, he was also awarded a 5-year teaching fellowship from the Knowles Teacher Initiative.

Alex hopes his curriculum writing efforts play a part in improving the learning experience for both teachers and students.