# 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.

Your activities have been life-savers during learning from home time. The students love them and are learning and growing as mathematicians. Thank you so much.

Best comment so far: I was playing Splat on Zoom and a 6 year old student said, “Hold on! This is so hard, it’s making me have to use the bathroom. I’ll be right back!” That gave me a giggle and I hope it brightens your day, too.

That’s truly the first time I’ve heard that one! Thank you for the comment!

Hello Steve,

I am a grade 1 teacher. You have excellent resources. I particularly like the Splat. With my students doing distant learning right now I have been assigning Boom Cards to them. I was wondering what the Copyright is for creating your Splats in Boom Cards and sharing them? I don’t create much so I don’t want to break copyright.

I could make the Splat in moveable so student could check their answer after, or lock it for evaluation purposes.

I can show you and example if you want to see it.

Thank you

I’m not familiar with Boom Cards, but would love to learn more.

Steve I have really appreciated you sharing your talents. During this crazy COVID I have been using some of your slides to help my students with estimation. I have created a few into Google Forms (for my class only). I would love to share them with you. Let me know how.

Hello I am a grade 1 teacher. I think your Splat activities are awesome! Lately I have been using Boom cards a lot (especially with all this distance learning). I would like to make the Splat on the Boom card format but am not sure if I would be breaking copyright?

Hello, I am doing your Esti Mystery Block Talk Level 2 for my 3rd graders and I think there is an error on it. Clue#1 says, ” The answer is an odd number that is less than 60. You can cross of 1,3,5,7 …..”. You don’t want to cross off the odd numbers if the answer is an odd number or am I reading that incorrectly?

Please let me know if this will be corrected so I can redo it for my digital lesson next week. Or maybe it has already been corrected and my curriculum people didn’t tell us.

Thank you.

Thank you for this catch. The updated version is on my blog now. Thanks!

Hi.

I just wanted to thank you so much for putting these together, and for making them in such a respectful way. It seems like you expect the kids to think, but also provide the supports they need to do so.

These have been great in my classroom, and great as part of our teaching from home. The kids literally cheer when the answer is revealed, and that’s something that the parents haven’t gotten to experience before now.

I also have to say that, as I’ve attempted to edit some of them a bit so they render properly in Google Slides, I have gained a HUGE appreciation for how much work each one takes. Wow.

We are immensely grateful.

Regards,

JK

Hi Steve,

First of all, thanks a million for providing such a rich bounty of clever, well-thought-out activities.

Wondering if you have any Estimysteries that deal with liquid volume in metric units.

Thanks a million…

I don’t have any that deal with liquid volume in metric units. I love the idea, though so may see if I can get to it this summer.

Hi Steve,

I am a teacher in New Brunswick (Canada), as you know, the world of teaching is looking very different thanks to Corona virus. I absolutely love your content; however, I teach in a French school. I have translated your activities so I can use them in my classroom, but I am hoping I can send them to my students because they absolutely LOVE them (especially SPLAT and Cube conversations). Thank you for what you do and I look forward to hearing from you!

Stay Safe!

Just wanted to share that I’ve created youtube videos using your esti-mysteries. I am giving you credit at the end of my videos. Thank you for all of these phenomenal resources!

Mr. Wyborney,

We are a third grade class who loves your SPLAT activities (and esti-mysteries). We noticed that one of your SPLATs-the 12.1 Instant Fraction SPLAT has a mistake. On screen 5, the total says 6, but the amount outside and underneath the SPLAT only shows 5. Thanks for making learning so fun for us!

Thank you,

Mrs. Hicks 3rd grade class

Venice Elementary School

Venice, Florida

I am so very grateful for this catch! I will try to update this soon. Wishing you a wonderful week from here in Oregon!

Hello Steve! Our 5th grade math class was playing your Splat fraction game. We noticed that on slide 5 of 12.1 there is an error. The slide should have said 5, instead of 6 total. Thank you for your hard work in creating Splat!

-Mrs. Kyler’s math class

Great catch! I’m grateful for this note, and I’ll try to get it updated this next weekend! Thank you for reaching out and letting me know!

Hello,

I translated the Fraction Splat into french. Do you allow me to make them available on my website ?

Have a good day

Yann

Hi Yann,

Could you send me a copy to take a look at?

I am so grateful that you generously provide these resources for teachers and students. You should hear my fourth graders respond to my saying, “Get your journals ready for a new Esti-Mystery!”

The Splat series is so simple and powerful, it reaches all of my learners and particularly the ones who have developed a distaste of math. Your influence on students -you’ll never likely meet- is truly great. Thank you and please keep it coming.

Steve, Thank you so much for your estimation clipboards. I have been using them in a second grade class. Interesting to watch students make connections between the different quantities to make guesses. As a teachers we get some much information from each session we do. It also shows what students struggle to make reasonable estimations. These have been a great routine for the students and to develop a good co-teaching relationship. Thanks so much.

I just have to say I am Steve Wyborney groupie! lol! We use your site every single day in my 5th grade math classroom and I APPRECIATE YOU! Thank you for sharing your work for free! My students LOVE Esti-Mysteries and beg for them daily! I just wanted to drop a note to say THANK YOU!

Hi! We have teachers that are translating your slides into Spanish. Let me know if you would like these resources to post on your website.

Hi, Nicole. I would LOVE to have a copy of the splats translated into Spanish. Even a few sample copies would be helpful for me to take a look at. Thank you!

HI Nicole,

We teach in a dual-immersion school and would love to have the slides that have been translated to Spanish. It would be a great resource to all our teachers.

Hey Steve,

I teach 4th grade in Hamilton, Montana. I listened to your session at the Build Math Minds summit this past summer. It completely changed my math procedures. My class absolutely loves Splat, Esti-mysteries, Subitizing, the Clipboard, Cube Converstaions…and everything that you do!!! Who knew that building number sense could be so much fun? My kids love to create their own Esit-mysteries in small groups and challenge other groups. It is awesome.

The reason I am writing is because my students believe that they found an error in Splat 11.4 (fractions). One of the slides claims to have 7; they have counted it more than once and believe that it has 7 1/3 (last group). They insisted that I email you to make the correction. They know that it was clearly an oversight.

Thanks for making number sense so fantastic. My kid love number sense time.

Kathy Dickemore

Thank you for reaching out with this note, Kathy. I’m catching up on comments and can tell that your students are correct. Thank you for catching that error and for sending in my way. It looks like I have some work to do. Somehow the splats with the errors generate the most fascinating conversation, and I really appreciate the note. Tell them I am impressed and to keep up the great work!

Dear Mr. Steve, My first graders love doing your Esti-Mysteries. However today we did your newest called Unleaded Level 1. Clue number 5 said the answer did not include the digit zero. However the reveal said the answer was 30!! We are confused.

From Mrs. Nutt’s class

Thanks, Laura. I know I followed up by email, but just in case anyone else has the same question about Unleaded Level 1, clue #5 looks a little different than the clues before it, so I recommend paying careful attention to the part that is underlined. Thanks!

Hi Steve,

I am attending a district Math meeting, and I would love to play your video about Impostor Numbers. I use this activity in my own classroom at the Alg 3 level and it stimulates discussion and thought among the teen aged students. Would it be okay if I used it?

Thank you in advance.

Yes, feel free to share the video and any other resources on the blog.

I am wondering how the answer for Esti-Mystery #9 (cup upside down) can’t be 33?

Thanks!

The Esti-Mysteries always narrow down to a small set of answer choices, and one of those is the actual number in the container. That leads to a rich final discussion, and then the actual number of objects (which is one of the 2 or 3 remaining mathematical possibilities) is revealed.

Are you going to be presenting or having any professional development workshops in the New Hampshire or Northeast area?

I’ll be at the Rhode Island conference on Pi Day this coming March.

Hi Steve, I just attended your session at NCTM SLC – outstanding! I was wondering if you could post/send me any of the examples of Splat! Walls (bulletin boards) you showed during your presentation – we would love to create our own at our school.

Just discovered you. You are a gem. LOVE, Love, Love what you’ve created. You’re brilliant.

My sixth graders had a blast with your mystery mirror. Have been browsing some of your other topics.

I think Fraction Splat Series Lesson 14.1 slide 6 number 9 is incorrect.

It equals 10.

Thanks for the note, Michele! Yes, I made a mistake on a couple of the fraction splats and students have very much enjoyed finding them. I try to correct all of the files as soon as possible and make sure the newest downloadable versions are correct. It’s amazing how much conversation a mistake can generate.

Hi Steve, Love all that you do. I was able to make my own Esti-Mystery after taking your course and it was a big success. You helped me with some glitches I had and I so-o-o appreciated that. We start every math class in my multi-age first/second grade with one of your resources. The only one I don’t do is the Maze Hundreds Chart. I would love to use that too but we have changed over to the bottoms up100s chart after reading Jennifer M.Bay-Williams and Graham Fletcher’s article-November/December 2017 • teaching children mathematics | Vol. 24, No. 3. I am guessing you have seen this before. It would be fabulous if you could make an bottoms up Maze Hundreds chart as an option? Again-thank you! You have changed how I see math and have improved my own students’ math sense.

Hi, Sally! Thanks for taking the course and for sending this comment. You can see that I’m just now catching up on all of the comments. I’m considering uploading an updated bottoms-up hundreds chart. I’ve been asked about it enough now that I think I need to move that blog post up quite a ways in the production calendar. I’m so happy that you have been creating Esti-Mysteries!

Hi Steve!

Thank you for sharing your genius and passion for math with educators! We love your puzzles! I am wondering if you have ever talked with or seen Dr. Gordon Hamilton’s math puzzles on Math Pickle? I think you two would have a lot to talk about! Perhaps collaborate?

Cheers!

Jason

Would you please send me the answers to the cube conversations? My class is loving the 20 Days of Number Sense! Thank you!!

Here they are. https://stevewyborney.com/2018/02/80-printable-cube-conversations-pages-and-4-instructional-strategies/

Hi Steve,

I have just come across your blog and particularly like the Maths talk / 20 days of Number Sense. My students love number talk time. You mention that each day contains multiple levels, and that teachers can have access to other grade levels. Could you please direct me to where / how I can access the different levels right up to high school. Thank you

Hi, Karen. Each day of the series has different levels within it. I used different ranges of grade bands in days 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, and 16-20. When you look at the files you’ll see how I’ve broken them apart. Let me know if you need additional information.

Hi Steve,

I’m wondering if there is a way to convert your powerpoints to google slides? One of the districts that I work with really wants to use the 100 maze but their computers do not have PP. Thank you for any help you can provide.

Amanda Parker

Hi, Amanda. Yes, you can quickly and easily convert them to google slides. Simpyly save the PPT file in your google drive. Then “open with” google slides and it will instantly make a create a google slides version of the file and open it right up. Be sure to click on present and the experience will begin.

Hi Steve –

My students in every grade love your esti-mysteries. I’m having a difficult time seeing where you are posting them. I read on twitter that you’re posting 30 new ones but I can’t find the list of old ones! The only ones I can find are the first 10 you ever created. My hope is to download them all and share with teachers so they are ready to use. Any suggestions?

Thanks

Hi,Kathy. I’ve just begun posting them in 51 Esti-Mysteries. I’ll keep adding to them as I go until all 51 are posted. https://stevewyborney.com/2019/09/51-esti-mysteries/

Steve,

Your resources are incredible. I really appreciate that you share them! This summer I saw Graham Fletcher (as well as you–thanks for the 20 days of number sense!) on the virtual Build Math Minds Summit. I love the idea of a bottom up hundreds chart and I like using the one on your site. Have you considered making one that goes bottom up as well?

Thanks for all you do to help improve mathematics instruction!

Hi, Steve! I am interested in buying your book, 25 Common Core Math Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard: Grade 5; however, I do not have a CD drive in my computer. If I buy the book, is there a way for you to share the digital files with me via a download?

Thanks!

SHANE

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

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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!