DIVE Into Saxon Math
Increase understanding, build long-term retention, and inspire Christian character!
The lesson in the Saxon text is not the complete lesson. John Saxon recommended an experienced Saxon instructor who could teach how the incremental lessons connect and build on one another. Without this essential instruction, the student may find the Saxon lessons disorganized and confusing. That's why we created DIVE!
In the DIVE video lectures, Dr. Shormann teaches the complete lesson, reviewing previous concepts and connecting them to the new one to create bite-sized lessons that are easy to understand. Drawing on almost twenty years of experience teaching all levels of Saxon Math through AP Calclulus, he adds extra instruction where he knows students will struggle and provides additional example problems to ensure mastery. During the lecture, students work interactively, taking notes and working problems with Dr. Shormann.
Meet the Teacher
With degrees in science and engineering, Dr. Shormann has almost 20 years of experience teaching all levels of Saxon Math through AP Calculus and AP Physics. By teaching math as the language of science, a God-given tool used to better understand Him and the world He created, Dr. Shormann equips and inspires students to excel.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why use Saxon Math?
Saxon Math is a research proven math curriculum developed in the 1980's by John Saxon. The Saxon approach is unique in that, instead of massing instruction, practice, and assessments, Saxon distributes them throughout the lessons and school year. Most math programs use a massed approach, whereby instruction, practice, and assessment of a skill or concept occur within a short period of time and are usually clustered within a single chapter or unit. Research has shown that Incremental Development, Distributed Practice, and Cumulative Assessment is superior to all other teaching methods, increasing long-term retention and recall speed which naturally leads to higher standardized test scores. However, most curricula do not use this method because it is more difficult to teach and requires continual re-teaching of previously learned concepts. As an experienced Saxon teacher, Dr. Shormann provides comprehensive lectures in a format that is easy to re-teach forgotten or missed concepts. Find out more about John Saxon and his shaking of the educratic foundations with his wildly successful math curriculum on Dr. Shormann's blog here
Where should I place my child?
Please see the placement test. We also offer a free consulting service to help you chart a course of success for your child.
Pre-Algebra: Saxon Math 8/7 or Algebra 1/2?
We recommend students complete Math 8/7, skip Algebra 1/2, then take Shormann Interactive Algebra 1. While Math 8/7, 3rd Edition teaches all the required pre-algebra concepts, the primary focus is to develop fluency in the essential skills required for success in Algebra 1. By fluency, I mean speed and accuracy. Much like memorizing multiplication facts, Math 8/7 students learn to quickly and accurately perform these skills in their head, making it much faster and easier to learn algebra. Learn More
DIVE vs. Saxon Teacher
There are several major differences between the Saxon Teacher CDs and the DIVE courses. The Saxon Teacher CDs simply read the lesson in the textbook. However, the lesson in the textbook is not the complete lesson. Saxon textbooks are published to be taught by a teacher in a public school. The lesson in the book assumes a teacher has already taught you the lesson. It is just a synopsis of the lesson for the student to review later.
Also, many people don't realize that the Saxon Teacher was not made by John Saxon. It was made by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (giant US public school publisher, owned by an Irish holding company called Riverdeep) who purchased SaxonPublishers several years ago. None of John's people, who understood the Saxon Methodology, stayed with HMH. There are many other differences between DIVE and Saxon Teacher. Here is a comparison chart:
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