Every math lesson has a learning outcome you hope your students will achieve, which is reflected in the lesson’s Key Question or Key Questions. So it’s important to check students’ understanding and help them synthesize the big ideas of the lesson. That's why the Land component in every Eureka Math2® lesson includes opportunities for you to debrief the lesson and do some formative assessment. Let’s explore how you can make the most of Land.
Choose questions that elicit discussion about learning objectives.
In Land, you’ll find questions you can use to start a class discussion related to the lesson’s learning objectives. The questions are designed to support student discourse during the debrief, but they are not intended to be used as a script. Use some of the questions in the Teach book, and, if you want, add some of your own. Choose questions that will help students solidify and summarize their learning while giving you formative assessment opportunities.
Synthesize learning through the debrief.
As students discuss their own or others’ work, they make sense of the math from the lesson, make connections to previous learning, and identify patterns. These things are important for learning retention and for transferring that learning to new situations. Guide the debrief discussion so it focuses on making sense of the lesson and helps students make those connections to other parts of the lesson and to past lessons. Doing this allows them to synthesize their learning and apply it to work in future lessons.
Use the daily Exit Ticket to inform the next day’s instruction.
After the debrief, students should be ready for the daily Exit Ticket. The Exit Ticket gives you an opportunity to gather formative data from every student, even if they were quiet during the debrief. Be judicious with your time. Rather than grading each Exit Ticket every day, just do a quick sort into three piles: Got It, Almost Got It, Not Yet. Note any trends in strategies or representations students use in addition to what they got correct or incorrect. Consider what you see in the Exit Tickets and how it will guide your decisions for the next day’s instruction.
Don’t skip the debrief.
The last 10 minutes of every Eureka Math2 lesson are dedicated to Land, including the debrief and Exit Ticket. The Key Question and sample dialogue in the debrief support facilitation of a class discussion to meet the lesson objectives. The Exit Ticket provides you with a window into students’ understanding. This helps you make informed instructional decisions to best meet your students’ needs. Ensure you have time to include the debrief and Exit Ticket as you wrap up every Eureka Math2 lesson.
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Jonelle Godfrey is a former high school math teacher and principal at both the elementary and high school level. She is an educational leader in the greater San Diego area with over twenty years serving in K-12 education.