KEARNEY, Neb. — School may be out for the summer but some of the teachers are still in session.
Kearney Public Schools rolling out a new math curriculum called Eureka Math and with the help of University of Nebraska at Kearney, teachers are learning the best practices to teach the subject in an intense graduate class.
The new curriculum, Eureka Math focuses on different components of math instruction to help students understand the subject at a deeper level.
Things like fluency, application, development and a deeper understanding through sharing are all being discussed.
A sixth grade math teacher at Sunrise Middle School says this new curriculum is comprehensive and really helps the teachers look at ways the students can understand.
"Our goal is to hit every type of learner so we are going to be working with a lot of manipulatives. We are going to be drawing pictures. We are going to be talking about math. We are going to be working in groups and having those really good discussions so that every kid is able to learn and be successful in the math classroom," said Stephanie Bleil, a sixth grade math teacher within KPS.
"We're still focused on the mathematics behind numbers I guess but what we are really going for is that students have an understanding or meaning behind the mathematics. So when they see an 18 times five they can make meaning and understand what that 18 times five is actually representing," said Amber Taylor, a fifth grade teacher within KPS.
The program will roll out for the Kearney Public elementary and middle schools this upcoming 2018/2019 school year.