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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NYABS Part 3: Number Trading

By Steve Wyborney / September 21, 2015

It’s possible you’ll feel that Number Trading is more like Leveling Off or that it is more like Passing Out.  Take a look at the Number Trading strategy.  You’ll understand a new way to find the mean, and then you’ll begin to wonder how these strategies are (and are not) related to one another. This…

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NYABS Part 2: Passing Out

By Steve Wyborney / September 12, 2015

While you’ll initially see the Passing Out strategy, ultimately you will find yourself looking at two strategy icons which will help you to compare and contrast two strategies that are very similar.  Or are they very different?   Not Your Average Blog Post Series NYABS Part 1:  Leveling Off NYABS Part 2:  Passing Out NYABS…

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NYABS Part 1: Leveling Off

By Steve Wyborney / September 10, 2015

When you begin watching the video you may agree that this is not your average blog series.  Or maybe, it is.  In this clip, pay particular attention to the challenge.  Find out if you are able to nearly instantly level off. NYABS Part 1:  Leveling Off NYABS Part 2:  Passing Out NYABS Part 3:  Number…

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5 × 9 Is More Than 45

By Steve Wyborney / July 27, 2015

Even though some students and teachers will chase multiplication facts, such as 5 x 9 = 45, in pursuit of memorizing the products, there is so much more waiting to be learned…     Thank you for visiting my blog!  You may also be interested in Experiencing Subitizing, which launched the Subitizing Series.  The Animated…

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The Lattice Discussion

By Steve Wyborney / May 20, 2015

I put this together very, very quickly in response to a discussion that included questions about lattice multiplication.  You’ll see me dabbling with three models in order to find the connections among all of them.     You may also be interested in Experiencing Subitizing, The Animated Multiplication Table, or Exploring Multiplication.      

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