# About Steve

Steve Wyborney is an award-winning teacher and instructional coach from Oregon. He is well known for his use of instructional technology and his work with mathematics and his passionate belief in the exceptional potential of every student. In 2005, Steve was named the Oregon Teacher of the Year.

Steve is also the author of the **25 Common Core Math Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard** series for grades 1-6 (Scholastic). If you are interested in this series, you simply need PowerPoint and a projector in your classroom.

Steve's most recent series **Week-by-Week Math Review for the Digital Classroom (grades 1-6)** was just released on June 1. Like the earlier series, you simply need PowerPoint and a projector to use this resource.

Steve's ebook, "**Long Division Made Easy**," is an animated e-book available through Scholastic.

Hi Steve,

So I have tried to download things from your website (splat slides, etc.) . However, when I go to open them up my Mac can’t read them correctly or should I say the Keynote feature doesn’t read them correctly and I can’t make use of all the features. For example, with the Estimations I have found a way to read all the clues, but I can’t get the reveal to work. I remember hearing you mention in the webinar you did for the Virtual Math Summit that you have made some of your slides available on Google slides, but I can’t seem to access that either. I would really love to use these resources in my room. I was wondering if you might have a solution to my problem. (As you might guess I am not particularly computer savvy). Thank you for your time.

Karen Wark

3rd grade teacher

Hi, Karen. Thanks for the question and the nice comments. I think there might be a pretty simple solution. Usually, when the reveal isn’t working it’s because the slideshow isn’t playing (i.e. slide show -> view show in PowerPoint, or Present in Google Slides). I can’t think of the term in keynote at the moment, but if you make sure the show is playing I think the reveal will work for you as you are expecting. Can you try it out and let me know?

Hi Steve,

I am a volunteer in a 5th grade classroom and I participated in the Virtual Math Summit at BuildMathMinds a week ago. Your presentation on your 20 Days of Number Sense project was one of my favorite sessions. I am hoping that I can interest the teacher I work with in your work. I am wondering whether you have any publicly available presentations similar to the one you used at the VMS that I could share with this teacher. You did such a superb job of introducing the routines, I would prefer to have him hear your words rather than my summary.

Hi, Ross. I know that Christina Tondevold has it within the Build Math Minds site. Perhaps I should add a recording to my blog.

Steve,

I didn’t work directly with you in Ontario, but I worked at the middle school and Almeda teaching 6th grade. Just wanted to let you know that I was excited to see a presenter today from New Mexico reference your Fraction Splat at our professional development in Adelanto, CA where I teach now. As always, your ideas and strategies are phenomenal.

Thank you so much!

I am hoping to share how I’ve used your resources at our Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Fall Forum. Do I need special permission from you to share your resources with other teachers?

Thanks!

Hi Steve,

I’m wondering if there is a way to convert your powerpoints to google slides?

Our district has completely changed over to Chrome and GAFE and I can’t open your interactive powerpoint.

Thank you for your guidance,

Janice

Hi Steve,

I appreciate your work and resources. I’m excited to try Splat with my struggling 7th grade students. I’m wondering what grade levels you recommend for your resources. I also wonder how your activities connect with grade level standards, specifically 7th grade math. I imagine I can use them to lead students to uncover many of our standards, but I’m having trouble making the connections.

Hi Tony,

If I understand this scenario correctly, you may want to begin with lesson 3.1 and work form there. Truly the standards that can be addressed with each Splat! lesson are numerous. I’ve used the same slide in grade 4 as I’ve used in a high school classroom. When you use multiple splats, some students will approach it through addition, subtraction, multiplication, comparisons, or a wide range of other strategies – while others may see it as an algebraic expression. It may be useful to you to think about how the images can be expressed as equations.

Hi Steve,

Your work is fabulous. I am an early childhood math educator and researcher at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). I was able to modify your Splat template to create some preschool friendly Splat slides. I would love to share these with you and possibly work to create more. Let me know if you are interested.

Hi Steve,

Just love, love, love your stuff. Thank you so much for all that you are providing for teachers so that there can be more math dialogue in our classes. I have a question for you…..I have used the Maze Hundreds Chart in my classes. Having the black tiles and background was very difficult for the students to see the blue tile square outline on the smartboard. I was able to change the background to a lighter colour and this helped a bit. I was wondering if you can let me know how to change (or make thicker) the colour of the square outlines so that they are easily discernible on the smartboard. Again. Thanks so much

You can select the entire area on the slide and then right click to bring up options. From there choose a thicker line width. You may want to dabble with it a bit to find the one that you like best.

I purchased Math Review6 through Scholastic. I am excited about using it, however, would like to increase student participation. Any chance that your slides could be converted to Google slides?

There is an amazing addon “Pear Deck” that has the flexibility to insert slides into a presentation for students to respond to using any device.

Have you considered using google?

Hi, Patti. Great question. Thank you for purchasing the book. I’ll follow up with an email.

Hi Steve,

I love your work! Your Maze 100 chart is amazing. Would you ever consider making a 120 chart to cross over the century mark? I know my first grade teachers would love that as they work with 120 charts more than 100 charts.

Thanks for considering!

“The answer I got for Riddle 1 was 60 robots after 10 duplication events.”

Lea T.

Hi, Steve. My fifth grade class is a huge fan. We are working on Duplication Station. Is there a spot where you are collecting responses?

Great question! I just posted an option to download the answer. I wanted to keep the riddle separate from the answer so that I wouldn’t reveal it too soon.

Hi there. Quick question re: Splat! Is it ok if I do the work to translate them to Google platform? Your work is so helpful in fostering math discussions, but my district uses Chromebooks and the Powerpoint Presentations lose their animations. I have to add them back in during the translation and wanted your permission to do that. I’m creating a HyperDoc to gather them all in one place. Obviously, you would be given all credit and a link to your blog if you want. I’m doing the work, so please let me know!

Sincerely,

Dr. Kathleen Kelly

Elementary Enrichment Specialist

Syosset, NY

Hi Kathleen,

I’m hoping my email reached you letting you know that I’m excited about this project. In the email I have a few suggestions about how I think this could be done the most easily. If it doesn’t reach you for some reason, please contact me again here. Thanks!

I put in my email address and it don’t work can you tell me how to get on it a different way

It may have been filtered into another email box – like your junk mail box. Check that to see if it showed up there. If not, let me know, and I’m happy to help find another way to get them to you.

I was also wondering about using the Splat files on the Google platform and saving them to my school’s Google Drive. Please let me know if this is ok. Thanks.

Great work with this awesome resource that gets kids engaged.

Hi, Trenity. There is an animation in PPT that doesn’t work on Google Slides. I’ve written some additional splat slides that will work on google slides but haven’t yet posted them. I’d like to have a larger set ready before I turn them loose.

Steve,

I write to tell you about a success we have had with your Splats! Here is what a teacher told me today…

“This is really great! We just tried Splat in second grade. It was the first time a. Oy from China participated and everyone started cheering!!”

Thank you for your intellect and generous spirit. I will order your book this weekend. If there is any other way I can support what you do, please let me know!

Dr. Kathleen Kelly

Enrichment Specialist

Baylis Elementary School

Syosset, NY

Email was misspelled on form.

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Did you receive the email from me?

Thank you, Kathleen!

Just a quick note to thank you for your SPLAT series! My second graders LOVE them! It is amazing how all their little hands raise quickly to answer, how focused they are. They asked me today, who made this game? and I told them that a very intelligent mathematician did. Be proud that you are making talk even the shyest one of them, even the ones who are learning to speak English.

Thank you!

SPLAT is marvelous. If you have not already done so, do work to make this an Apple or Android app and gamify it – and earn a bit for yourself too.

I’m currently working with adults, but am forwarding this to all my teacher friends and parents of young children.

I taught my son coordinate geometry as a 3 year old using a 4×4 crazy quilt and a version of I Spy. He’s now a CTO for a tech company. Perhaps you can do something with that idea – you are so creative!

I wish you every success!

Hi Steve,

I like your program…lends itself extremely well to number sense math talks in the classroom.

I have found a mistake/error in your presentation video @ 5:20 in to the video…2 splats of equal value plus 3 does not equal 10. You follow up with 2s+3=10. Under each splat is a value of 4, which will NOT equal to 10.

Just felt you needed to have that brought to your attention, otherwise I think you have come up with a great resource to use in the classroom.

Thanks, Craig! Nice catch. At some point I may go back to record the video again, although it has sparked my to wonder if a set of videos with “errors to find” might be interesting to build.

You should speak at the California Math Conference South. I am a speaker who presents on CGI and growth mindset. I teach first grade, and my students have benefited from your blog.

Hi, Gordon! I would love to speak at CMC South. I often travel and speak. Normally, it’s just a matter of scheduling.

I am desperately trying to track down a link to either he video or just the image from a video I came across either via you or at NCTM a few springs ago. My district swapped out my laptop and didn’t save my bookmarks or files. The graphic I remember is the pictorial representation of numbers 1-30 in colorded circles and sections that lead to a great what do you notice discussion in class…kids finally see it represents prime and composite numbers and factors etc. does this ring any bells with you?

Hi, Ruth. I’m hoping my email reached you. If not, send me another note here.

Hi, Ruth,

I know what illustration you are talking about. I came across it in a Ted Talk about Math Instruction by Dan Finkel. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/ytVneQUA5-c

It is a wonderful representation!

Good morning, Ruth. You probably found it already, but it is called “Prime Climb”. I, too, was profoundly moved when I saw it.

http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/math/factorization/animated-diagrams/

created by Stephen Von Worley

This is now available on Youcubed.org under the week of inspirational math.

Hi Steve,

If I have access to 25 lap tops, then how do I use your interactive Maze 100 chart?

Let me brainstorm. You could ask students to reveal a set of numbers with a given sum. You could have students create patterns for one another. I think you may find more interaction if you use one laptop for every two students so that you can promote discourse. You could create lists of numbers and have students create the matching visual pattern. You could ask students to anticipate what type of pattern may be produced from a number set. Let me give you an example. What do you think this shape would look like: 23, 24, 25, 34, 14? Here is another challenge for you… Can you visualize 14, 25, 36? I think there are many, many possibilities waiting to be discovered, but I would recommend keeping the learning social, interactive, centered on number sense, and would keep discourse within reach as often as possible.

You had an inspiring presentation in Portland at in March. You discussed teaching facts by introducing the hundreds chart at an all school beginning of year assembly. I would like to present this idea to my principal but am having difficulties finding any resources on your site. I wish there was a video of your full presentation. It was jam packed with amazing strategies. Thank you!

Thank you, Pat. I don’t believe anyone videotaped that presentation. I have many resources that I love to share. I seem to create them much more quickly than I am able to create instructional videos to accompany them on my blog. I’ll keep uploading as I go. The multiplication facts resources would make a really good series, and I’ve thought of creating some videos to share out. This may be the bit of encouragement I need to move that up a few places on the priority list.

I will get back to you on that. 🙂

Fyi, shared your videos again with a group of teachers before they went visiting today.

Plan on using them with administrators next week.

So thank you again!