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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Eureka Math - EEEKKKK!

Our district is making the switch to Eureka (aka Engage NY) math, all grades to implement starting this fall.  I'll admit, it's a bit overwhelming but then again, it's bound to be anytime you take on a new program.

For the past 12 years I've been using Everyday Math.  It was a good program but even with the newer fourth grade edition, it was full of common core holes.  So this past year I went off program and used all my own resources to teach.  It was actually a very successful year.  We worked more on mastery of concepts rather than the EDM spiral.  My teammate and I focused on one standard a week, which made it more doable and were able to cover all fourth grade CC math standards.

But now onto Eurkea...

At the end of the school year I received seven bound books, one for each of the units I am going to teach my fourth graders next year.  Those suckers are thick and wordy!  *Gulp*

I did attend my first district/Eureka training and thankfully, after hearing from the Eureka trainer, the parts seem a little bit more understandable.

My big dilemma will not be teaching Eureka math itself but navigating a new program and fitting it into my Guided-Math format!  It is going to be a journey of trial and error to fit it all in.

My plan is to still have four math groups, there might be a slight chance it could go down to three groups but that is yet to be determined.  I'm going to put my head back into the hole for now and enjoy my summer, while it lasts.  Come August, I'll hit the planning hard to figure out what I am doing!

Anyone else out there use Eureka and Guided Math?  Please share your experiences in the comments! I'd love to hear from you!