Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Summit Math books printed as smaller paperback books instead of larger textbooks?
1. Textbooks can be heavy. Summit Math books are easy to carry around.
Are these books a complete curriculum?
Yes. They teach typical topics in the Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 sequence. The author is also working on writing books that cover Geometry, Advenced Algebra, Trigonometry and Precalculus concepts.
The books are written to prepare students for success on the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests.
The content is designed to align with the Common Core State Standards, though it is not officially recognized in this way.
How can a teacher use Summit Math books in their classes?
1. If desired, the teacher can teach a short lesson to introduce a topic, but this may not be needed. The students can open their books and start the first scenario. If they work in cooperative learning groups, they can discuss their ideas as they progress.
How is each book organized?
The first half of the book is the Guided Discovery Scenarios, which are designed to guide a student through the process of learning each topic.
Why does each Summit Math book cover a topic instead of a full course?
Every school teaches math a little bit differently. Teachers should be able to buy the topics they actually teach, instead of buying a textbook they may not be able to use in its entirety. Summit Math books provide flexibility for teachers who want to customize their curriculum.
When do teachers give assessments if students advance at different paces?
One option is to let students take assessments when they get to certain points in the book. This approach requires that a teacher is comfortable letting students take assessments at different times.
What can a teacher do if some students advance quickly through a book while other students advance slowly?
A teacher can get creative with managing various student paces.
2. Find additional math tasks for students to engage in when they finish a section before other students in the class.
How can a parent find out if their child is ready to start learning the topics in a particular book or Series?
Can Summit Math books be used by homeschooling families or for enrichment?
Summit Math books make it easy to learn math at home without direct instruction from a parent. These open-and-learn workbooks are designed to make math approachable. Each book is like a path that guides a student through their learning. An Answer Key is included to give them immediate feedback as they advance through each book.
Is there a pacing guide for homeschooling parents?
Yes. To see the pacing guide, click the link below:
Is this a spiral or mastery-based curriculum?
Summit Math is a blend of spiral and mastery. Each book leads a student toward mastery, and in order to achieve that, it may spiral back if looking back on previous topics will help them get their brain ready for a new idea.
How should a student use the teaching videos?
The teaching videos walk a student step-by-step through each problem in the Guided Discovery section of each book. The Guided Discovery section is the first half of the book and the problems are designed to gradually build learning. When a student is using the Summit Math books, they should try to solve a problem on their own first, but if they need or want direct instruction, they can go to the video that explains whatever they are currently stuck on and get a step-by-step explanation. The videos provide direct teaching when needed, but whenever a student can solve a problem on their own first, that can be good for developing their sense of independence and confidence as a learner. That being said, whenever a student is stuck, they need to get unstuck somehow or they will want to give up, so that’s where the videos can be useful.