I loved the idea of sprints when I began teaching Eureka math. Implementing these the Eureka way makes so much sense in the classroom, but it can be more challenging virtually. I tried many different ways. I think that the Kami app (www.kamiapp.com) and Gimkit (www.gimkit.com) offers the best way to practice sprints.
Kami is an app that allows students to fill in PDF forms. It offers differentiation with a text-to-voice feature and student choice by allowing students to choose things like whether to type or hand-write, and colors. Kami requires a download to the computer for use. Kami is $99 for a full membership, and it has been one of the best investments across all of the subjects I teach.
Gimkit is a game program. Teachers can upload questions and answers and then students can play games. All of my students love Among Us, and Gimkit has a game that has similarities. My students beg to play Gimkit. I upload the problems from the sprints. Gimkit can also provide a report to me that shows the problems each student missed. Gimkit is approximately $50 for a year.
I love using www.whiteboard.fi for application problems. This is a free program with an optional premium membership available. I can post the problem on my whiteboard, and then push the problem to the students. Students can then work the problem on their own whiteboards, and I can watch their process. I often choose to share my screen and show different student whiteboards and ask them to explain their thinking. It generates a lot of good math talk.
Virtual teaching can be so challenging because students have a limited view of what they can see you do. When I feel that a lesson needs more physical demonstration, I will show well-produced Youtube videos by presenters such as Kendra Lanier. Kendra Lanier’s videos use Bitmojis to create a cartoon-like presentation of concepts. I can stop the videos for our class to work out the problems either on physical paper or whiteboards, or by using www.whiteboard.fi.
Manipulatives are crucial for student understanding. www.didax.com is a free, ad-free site that provides many different online manipulatives for students. It also provides embed links and free activities that you can give to students. Using these manipulatives is a great alternative if physical manipulatives cannot be used. Embarc.com also provides an applet for hide zero cards which is helpful for modules that teach place value.
Exit Tickets, Practice Sets, and Homework
The website new.assistments.org/ is a free site that provides automatic grading for exit tickets, practice sets, homework, and unit assessments that mirror Eureka Math. Teachers can choose which problems they want students to complete. Assistments provides a report to teachers that shows individual progress but also classroom rate of correctly answered questions. I can assign all of these through Google Classroom.
Teaching a Eureka lesson can be challenging in a virtual environment, but there are so many resources available online that are free or low cost. Have you tried these programs? What other programs do you use to achieve objectives in Eureka math lessons?
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