Anchor charts are the lesson guides you create on large chart paper to outline what you are teaching. When you are creating those charts, think of ways they can engage students. Use bold colors and large print for important words. Think of what you want students to learn most and make that concept the main visual focal point of the anchor chart.
Anchor charts are also greatly enhanced by printing pictures and gluing them on to show what concept you are teaching in more detail or more visually. Finding engaging graphics or colorful math models will help keep your students interested as well.
If your school district uses an evaluation system such as the Danielson rubric, the heart of the evaluation is student engagement. This is the same for other evaluation processes as well. The first and foremost step is to have the students engaged in the content. Once this is happening, everything else will fall into place.
Here are some areas the Eureka Math program will boost you up to be your best self and rock those teacher evaluations!
Well, just maybe it would not only create confident learners that are able to now teach what they have been taught, but also empower students with confidence and drive to keep wanting to learn more and teach more!
When using Eureka Math, you may miss opportunities for this dynamic when you fear you may lose your routine or time. In this case, it is not be easy at first to let go. So, here are some ways to flip the teaching onto the students to teach what they know.
As I mentioned in the previous article, Eureka Math and Your Grade Level Team, creating an aligned method of planning is very important for the students. It is also important to create an aligned system of assessment and evaluation of students. Think ahead to any student-based modifications that will need to be put in place for each assessment. Work as a grade level team to be sure the assessments are still a fair tool and meeting students needs.
To get started, read your resource materials first. This will help you take a step back and look at the program with a wide lens. This is such a helpful strategy. When you see the big picture and know where you are going first, then it is easy to go back in and adjust the details.
It may seem like there are so many materials to go through, but to get a firm start, just focus on a few big picture concepts that will help you throughout the entire Eureka Math program. These are concepts that are not just taught in isolation, but can be filtered into your classroom continuously. Think of ways to create math as a part of your classroom culture rather than just during the math lesson time.
- Classroom Teacher
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