The Eureka Teacher’s “Exit Ticket”: 3 Steps to Apply Your Experience with Eureka

Strategy

If you’re familiar with the Eureka classroom, you know that at the end of each lesson every student is given an exit ticket to evaluate their level of understanding and inform the planning of subsequent lessons. As you approach the 2015-16 school year and prepare to use Eureka Math in your classroom, whether this is your first year of implementation or your third, we suggest that you use this “exit ticket” approach to evaluate your successes and struggles, and plan for the next school year.

Teachers engaging in collaborative planning during the Preparation and Customization of Eureka PD Session.

Step 1: Reflect

Consider these questions as you reflect on your experience implementing the curriculum.

  • How long did each module take?
  • Did you try to teach every part of every lesson or did you customize to meet the needs of your students?
  • What will you do differently next year?
  • Will your students come to you needing less ‘gap filling’?
  • Will they come to you with increased number sense?
  • Will they come to you with an awareness of the models and strategies used within the modules?
  • How will their prior learning affect their future learning?
  • How will all of this affect the math instruction that will happen in your classroom next year?

Step 2: Collaborate

Connect with both your colleagues and other Eureka educators through online communities on Facebook and Pinterest. Discuss with them the following:

  • What were you able to accomplish?
  • What were some of the triumphs and the struggles of the year?
  • What did you spend a great deal of time with and which concepts were you not able to get to?
  • Which instructional strategies were successful and which ones would you adjust?
  • Examine and share samples of student work to get a good understanding of the young mathematicians that left your classroom at the end of the year.

Step 3: Plan

Once you’ve reflected, communicated, and collaborated, look to this list of resources and suggestions to help you grow from your struggles and expand upon your successes.

  • Look to the demands of the CCSS and reflect on the Progressions Documents.
  • Look at the length of each module and the school calendar. Create a rough skeleton of when each module will be taught.
  • Use the various resources available on the Great Minds Support Page.
  • Reference the Planning and Preparation Guides.
  • Check out the Eureka Math Blog.
  • While watching our Teach Eureka Video Series download and complete the Teach Eureka Viewing Guide.
  • Seek out and study the sections entitled “Preparing to Teach a Module” and “Preparing to Teach a Lesson” which can be found within the Module Overview for Module 1 at each grade. Spend time planning with others.
  • Dedicate time in your schedule to preview each module before it is taught and to give a forward vision of how each topic builds from previous topics and leads to future topics.

As the ‘14-‘15 school-year came to a close, and you reflected back on your implementation of Eureka Math, did you find yourself thinking ‘How will I ever fit in all of the lessons/content by the end of the year?’ Were some of the modules left untouched or incomplete? Are you wondering what’s going to happen next year and what to do now? If so, you are not alone. Keep these three steps in mind so you’re not left wondering next year.


This post is by Mary Swanson, a former teacher, who is a writer for the Eureka Math A Story of Units curriculum.