In a perfect world, every Eureka Math® teacher would get professional development to prepare for teaching Eureka Math before starting the curriculum. But that isn’t always possible. Maybe you were hired after the start of the school year, took a long-term substitute position, or are returning from leave and weren’t able to attend Eureka Math professional development. Here are some steps you can take to improve your teaching with Eureka Math.
Plan to attend Eureka Math professional development as soon as possible.
Our foundational professional development sessions Launch Eureka Math, Focus on Fluency, and Preparation & Customization prepare you for a successful implementation. If you haven’t yet participated in these sessions, consider doing so.
Visit the Great Minds Aha! blog.
Read a few blog posts. Each article will give you ideas for successfully implementing Eureka Math. Plan to spend about five minutes on each article you read. Here are some of my favorites for getting started:
Using Your Teacher Edition to the Fullest: Learn what’s in your Teacher Edition and how it can help you plan and implement effective lessons.
Navigating the Digital Suite: Explore the Eureka Math digital resources so you can quickly and easily find what you need.
The Power of Conceptual Understanding: Find out how to maximize the Concept Development portion of your lessons.
Maximizing Fluency Routines: Get some tips for using fluency activities with your students.
Problem Solving the RDW Way: Get to know the Read–Draw–Write process to help your students understand and solve problems and reason about mathematics.
Extending Your Classroom Community with Family Resources: Discover effective ways to support family members and other adults who will help your students.
Check out the Webinar Library.
Webinars give you a deeper dive into a particular aspect of Eureka Math. Plan to spend about 45 minutes on a webinar. Here are a few to get you started:
Preparation & Customization: Making Intentional Decisions to Meet Students’ Needs
See how the three-step process of preparation and customization can help you plan lessons. Note that we offer K–5 and 6–12 versions of this webinar.
Acing Pacing: Tools and Strategies for Maximizing Instructional Time
When you’re learning to teach with a new curriculum, it can be challenging to know whether your pacing is on track. This webinar answers questions like:
- How do I make informed decisions about pacing?
- How does the instructional design of the curriculum influence pacing?
- What resources are available to help me with pacing?
Solving Word Problems with Tape Diagrams:
One of the key models that students use in Eureka Math is the tape diagram. Discover how tape diagrams can support your students’ learning.
Number Bonds: The Foundation of Number Sense:
Another key model is the number bond. See how students use this model to compose and decompose numbers and build number sense.
Continue your learning with our Teach Eureka and Eureka Math in Sync™ videos.
If you haven’t done so already, consider creating a Great Minds account. With a Great Minds account, you can access video resources for free for 30 days, and if your school has purchased the Eureka Digital Suite, you’ll always have access. Once you log in, select the Video Gallery, where you can choose from a wide variety of videos that help you prepare to teach with Eureka Math. If you filter the gallery to Teach Eureka and your grade and module, you’ll find videos from the Eureka Math authors that help you understand and plan the particular module and lessons you’re teaching now. The authors explain the progression of mathematical concepts and recommended instructional strategies.
If your school has purchased Eureka Math in Sync, consider watching the videos for the lessons you plan to teach. Each video features a Eureka Math teacher facilitating a lesson or part of a lesson for students. These videos help you get a feel for how the lesson should look and sound during instruction.
Give yourself some grace.
If you’re a new teacher who began after the start of the school year or if you missed out on Eureka Math professional development, give yourself time to learn. You don’t have to be an expert on the curriculum immediately to do right by your students. As you learn more about Eureka Math, please know that we have resources to help you.
Jada Singleton is a Eureka Math Implementation Leader. She is a former administrator, instructional math coach, and teacher from Lafayette Parish School District in Louisiana.
Topics: Implementation Support