Eureka MathThe Snoqualmie Valley School District recently adopted the math program, Eureka and are implementing during the 2019-2020 school year. The Eureka program aligns with Washington State's Common Core Standards.
Shift from procedural learning to a combined focus with conceptual understanding
- Asked to show their understanding through modeling, justification, and explanation
- Explain more than one way to solve a problem
- Work will demonstrate a deeper understanding of concepts aligned with standards
Why this shift is important:
Job opportunities involving mathematics require the ability to think flexibly, communicate ideas, and collaborate with others.
What does learning look like?
- In order to do this, students must…
- Understand the mathematics deeply
- Explore multiple pathways to approach solving a problem
- Have opportunities to explain their thinking
- Work with others to develop and refine their understanding.
- Our goal is to help all students become fluent in mathematics. Fluency goes beyond just knowing how a particular process can be used to solve a problem. It requires understanding why that process works. Students learn to think, strategize, and solve problems… not just get answers.
- Math is taught as a coherent body of knowledge rather than as isolated concepts that have no connection
- Multiple mathematical ideas are taught in tandem and continuously built upon & revisited
- Students use a variety of models to develop their understanding
- Ex: place value charts, number bonds, tape diagram, vertical number line