8 Animated Dots and 1 Powerful Question

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Here are 8 dots and 2 questions.  One of the questions is very powerful.  I hope this short video will cause your perspective to shift multiple times and will allow you to see through the eyes of several of your students.



Here are some recent posts which may also be of interest:

A simple activity to launch a powerful discussion:  What is in the Cup?

A highly engaging math activity (and free download) which can also become a powerful formative assessment:  Math in Motion

A free, interactive multiplication resource:  The Multiplication FLAIR

A powerful, high engaging vocabulary activity (video and free download):  My Version of Talk a Mile a Minute





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  1. Mary on April 21, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    You have been an AMAZING resource for me and my students! THANK YOU!! They beg to do SPLAT and now I’m discovering all your other downloadables. What I love most is that it stretches all learners in an engaging way–every student is successful and we are learning from each other.

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on May 2, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you, Mary! I’m looking forward to posting even more soon!

  2. Martin on September 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Have you seen Jo bowler talk about number talks? You animated your dot talk very well. I would like students to also see 2 groups of 5 but 2 are overlapping. So 2(5)-2.

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on September 6, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Hi, Martin. Yes, I have seen many of Jo Boaler’s presentations. I’m glad that you pointed out the connection. I also see the two groups of 5 that you are describing, in which 2 of the dots are overlapping. That is a good visual. By the way, I had never thought of this as an animated dot talk. I really like the phrase you used there!

    • Douglas James on July 2, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      This is the first way I saw it too!

  3. Aaron Bieniek on March 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Thanks again Steve. “What do you notice?” is one of my favorite questions to ask. My other favorite is “What do you wonder?” I usually ask those in tandem and get a lot of mileage out of them. And I wanted to share how I saw the 8 dots: I saw 10 – 2 because there were two configurations of 5 that shared an “edge”.

  4. Craig on March 15, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Steve –
    Love this stuff! How cool for your students that you bring this work to them. Your creativity is contagious…
    I am learning more and more each time you share!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on March 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Thanks, Craig!

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