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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!


  1. I can't believe your district switched! However, having used the modules from engageny since they were started, understand you won't be able to finish everything, and if you try you will confuse your students. I discovered Eureka this past school year, and began teaching from the problem sets. Be prepared to hear from parents that don't understand how to help their children with homework. There is no spiraling, so you will need to create your own.

  2. PS.. There are videos on to help. Good Luck, I look forward to reading about your journey.

  3. This past school year our district math coach had me pilot the modules with my 3rd grade class...overwhelming! Especially with having no training prior, and not having had anyone say it was okay to pick and choose what fits your class best, etc. Prior to teaching the modules I had also used a guided math workshop, and I was very disappointed last year that I wasn't able to wrap my brain around how to merge the two together, especially with the lengthy module lessons and time constraints. I am very curious to hear how you merge the two, so please share if you find a way!

  4. Yay! We are looking at Eureka for the 2016-2017 school year, and I'm helping pilot a few programs this year (Eureka included). We are using Everyday Math right now as well. I have also liked teaching entire concepts/standards at a time versus the spiral because I feel like I have more time to explain and work with students on concepts. But I will say my students are great at mental math and I think that's all EDM. I secretly hope we go with Eureka, but we will see! I, too, hope to implement it within a guided math structure, so I look forward to seeing what you do! :-)

    Real Teachers Learn

  5. Have you figured out how you are going to do it?

  6. Have you figured out how you are going to do it?

  7. Mary: I have a 1-2 split and am also just starting Eureka. I have not had a curriculum but used my old ED math and miss it so. But I am only slightly into the Eureka program. How far can you get per week? I have 1 hr math per day and 2 classes which means basically 30 mins per grade level, 2.5 lessons per week if I am lucky, Keep in touch as you go do I subscribe?

  8. I am searching for ideas on how to use the Eureka Math in a Guided Math format. It's hard to not do it all because I find the warm up activities really do help kids build their number sense! Did you figure out how to use the curriculum, but in group format?!?!?!?

  9. HI Mary,
    Finding your blog has been a nice surprise as I googled "guided math" and your blog appeared! Although I have been off this year, I have been teaching for six years and the last year, 2015-16, was the year our school district implemented Eureka Math! My 3rd grade class consisted of two boys. That's it. This coming year, I have been told I will have approximately 25 students and I am already wondering how I will teach it with small groups. I have just joined your blog, have only read one of your posts, and am interested in reading how you worked out your small groups into 4 rather than 2. I look forward to reading more and following you this year! Great work!

  10. I have also been looking into modifying the Eureka materials to accommodate for a more Guided Math approach. Personally, I prefer whole group lessons that focus on task exploration and discussions about big math ideas, so this is how I typically structure my math time. I've had to modify some of the Eureka lessons to open up the tasks and not get so specific with representations or strategies, instead opting to allow students to explore and give their own input. I then use the discussion time to guide students toward different strategies, connections between strategies, and error analysis. I then plan a Math Workshop every few days (after each topic works well so far) to give students time to explore further tasks collaboratively, to work towards fluency with games and partner practice, and to have conferences and small group instruction for those in need.