Understand the needs of your students in order to develop the lessons in a way that target the skills they are in need of the most. Starting each unit with a pre-assessment is a great way to see what students already know and decide what it is they need to learn.
Using Your Resources Provided
Provided in the Eureka Math Curriculum, there are methods of how to implement lessons to students below grade level as well as students above grade level. Think about it! You can teach a direct lesson to the entire class and also meet the needs of students both needing enrichment and support at the same time. This is because you do not have to change the lesson or teach separate lessons to different groups of students. You just have to incorporate a variety of delivery strategies into your lessons. You may provide differentiated independent work if needed.
Meeting the Needs of Students
To reach the needs of students below grade level, you want to provide multiple means of representation. For example, give many options of visual pictorial representations of a problem such as bar models, number bonds, and various drawings. While some students will move quicker to the concrete calculations, you continue to expose the students to using the models for students that need it.
The Eureka Math strategy of solving story problems includes a variety of steps to complete it to reach a variety of learners. The students read the story, draw a picture (bar model, number bond, or objects). Then use the picture to create an equation to solve. Finally, the students write a statement to conclude the answer. This method is reaching the needs of learners in a continuous way. It is also providing reading comprehension support. Students must understand the final question before they can write a concluding statement.
Engage Students Using a Variety of Strategies:
Teaching to Enrich Students with Challenge
Within our daily lessons, it can feel difficult to challenge students as well as meet the needs of each student. Well, there are ways to incorporate challenge opportunities into the lessons. This way it does not feel like a separate plan. The strategies are similar to the ways we can use to meet students’ learning needs. The techniques, numbers, and delivery may look different though.
Getting it all in
Using the Eureka Math program allows you the opportunity to teach each lesson to your entire group with strategies in place to meet the needs of all learners. Within each lesson, you can provide support and enrichment. This helps you keep the lesson pacing consistent with your planning year long and short term. There is not a one size fits all when it comes to teaching math to our class. However, you can reach each student at their level and help them shine!
- Classroom Teacher
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