180 Opportunities to Notice

By Steve Wyborney / March 25, 2016

In my previous post, Provide Massive Space to Notice, I described how to repeatedly use the same dot pattern to promote noticing.  In this post, I would simply like to give you 10 pages of dot patterns which you can download and use with your students.  The purpose is to promote a wide variety of…

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Provide Massive Space to notice

By Steve Wyborney / March 24, 2016

Give students several copies of the same image – along with ample space to notice – and they will amaze you.  In this post, you’ll be taken on a tour of noticing.  At the end of the video, you’ll find a page which you can download and use with your students.  I encourage you to show…

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Scene 6: “Two Teachers Learning Together”

By Steve Wyborney / January 1, 2016

In Scene 6, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, two teachers decide that they want to learn together, even when they is no learning walk scheduled.  So, they bring their students into one classroom in order to learn together. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the…

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Scene 5: “The Glimpse”

By Steve Wyborney / December 31, 2015

In Scene 5, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the observers in the hallway decide to step into the classroom a second time to briefly view the teaming exchange.  If they look closely enough, they will begin to see possibilities for learning alongside other educators even when learning walks are not scheduled. For more information with…

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Scene 4: “The Teaming Exchange”

By Steve Wyborney / December 30, 2015

In Scene 4, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the classroom teacher has arranged for a teaming exchange, an opportunity to briefly teach together as part of the exchange. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the recent blog post entitled, “Stepping Into Each Other’s Classrooms.” The…

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Scene 3: “The Return”

By Steve Wyborney / December 29, 2015

In Scene 3, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the classroom teacher detects two rare and powerful opportunities.  Instead of exchanging places, the teacher returns in a different way to take advantage of those two opportunities. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the recent blog post…

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Scene 2: “The Exchange”

By Steve Wyborney / December 28, 2015

In Scene 2, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the observers return to the classroom, but they are now ready to try something new in order to make the experience even more powerful for everyone.  So they try out “The Exchange.” For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically…

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Scene 1 – Animated Learning Walks Model: “The First Step”

By Steve Wyborney / December 27, 2015

In less than 2 minutes, I would like to paint a picture of a peer learning walk.  My hope is that you will begin to consider this practice and that you will soon find yourself seeing instructional practices in another classroom, and then trying those practices in your own room where they will be valuable to…

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Stepping Into Each Other’s Classrooms

By Steve Wyborney / December 26, 2015

Powerful instructional practices are occurring all around us.  Sometimes those practices are in classrooms only a few feet away from us.  So very close.  There may be teachers just a few moments down the hallway who are using highly effective strategies that could quickly empower our own instruction and positively impact our students.  We know…

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NYABS Part 4: An Average Algorithm Leads to Deep Thinking

By Steve Wyborney / November 30, 2015

Algorithms typically route us completely around opportunities for deeper thinking.  However, in this post, we see that using icons to represent a variety of strategies produces an opportunity to richly compare and contrast strategies, including an algorithm, to see what we can learn.  This post features 10 questions that can be used in this scenario…

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Touring KenKen

By Steve Wyborney / November 1, 2015

KenKen puzzles caught my attention recently while I was browsing through Marilyn Burns’ blog post.  Right away I was able to detect the power of these clever puzzles and their potential for developing number sense.  I was pleasantly surprised to find an entire site devoted to KenKen puzzles.  So, I set out to take a tour……

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16 Misconceptions

By Steve Wyborney / September 22, 2015

I wrote these 16 images of common misconceptions before the September 17, 2015 #elemmathchat about “Mathematical Misconceptions.”  If you would like to use them in class, either play the silent video below and pause at key moments, or download the PowerPoint file here.     Feel free to leave comments, subscribe, or simply explore the rest…

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