Cristina Schubert

American Leadership Academy


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In this course you will learn how to successfully implement a Saxon Math Lesson from beginning to end. 

What is Saxon Math?

John Saxon, the creator of Saxon Math once stated: "The Saxon philosophy is the ultimate in simplicity: Identify the fundamental concepts and the skills necessary to use the concepts, present these concepts and skills incrementally, practice everything in every homework problem set. That's all there is to it."

Some of the basic principles that John Saxon espoused and which are reflected in his math program are:

  • Creativity springs unsolicited from well-prepared minds.
  • Fundamental knowledge is thus the basis of creativity.
  • Creativity can be enabled.
  • Creativity can be discouraged or encouraged, but creativity cannot be taught.
  • Doing leads to understanding.
  • Long-term doing leads to long-term retention.
  • Therefore, every concept previously taught should be practiced every day.
  • No one invents a concept to solve a problem.


Why Saxon Math?

No matter how well students initially learn a concept, if they are not able to retain their learning, connect it to other concepts, and apply it in problem-solving situations, if they have not reached mastery. Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers.

  • Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions
  • Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency
  • Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year, ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them.



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