Whole Group Instruction with Eureka
Eureka was clearly designed with whole group instruction in mind. Every aspect of the way that the lessons are written caters to a whole group setting. Therefore, whole group instruction works well with Eureka and is easy to implement. Teaching Eureka in a whole group setting might look like this:
This is pretty basic and follows the general flow of the Eureka lessons. The lessons do not need to be adjusted, because they already work for this format. However, many people prefer to teach in a small group setting as it is more engaging for all students. It also allows teachers to help students better and prevents students from falling through the cracks. It can be tricky to figure out how to accommodate Eureka using a small group format.
Small Group Instruction with Eureka
One of the biggest complaints I’ve come across about this curriculum is that teachers don’t know how to use it with small groups. There is so much packed into one lesson, and of course you don’t want to skip over parts of it, and some of the parts just don’t lend themselves well to small group instruction. Fortunately, it IS possible to implement small groups with Eureka - you just have to get a little creative!
Below I am going to offer two scenarios in which Eureka can work with small groups. These are not the only two ways to do it, but hopefully if neither of these scenarios will work for you, they will inspire you as you think of a way to make it work for your own classroom.
Total time: 80 minutes
In a classroom with a 90 minute math block, this allows 10 extra minutes of cushion for transitions and clean up time.
By nature of small groups, it is certainly a busy time and every minute counts. If you have less than 90 minutes for your math block, small groups may not work for you (or you will have to get pretty creative). That said, it is definitely possible to teach the Eureka curriculum in a small group setting!
Hopefully this has at least given you some idea of how you can best teach Eureka in your classroom. Both whole group and small group instruction have their pros and cons, so whichever way you choose, you are doing a great job!
I mentioned Zearn a few times in this post, and I’ll share more about this online program next time, as well as some other online and digital resources that may help you teach Eureka. If you enjoy integrating technology into your instruction, then you definitely won’t want to miss it!
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