I am on a Learning Mission

By Steve Wyborney / March 26, 2015

I am a learner on a learning mission.  I am determined to learn.  I am ready to step into new territory.  I cannot stand still.   With one foot on what I already know The other reaching for something new I stretch.   I do not blog because I am able.  I blog because I…

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8 Animated Dots and 1 Powerful Question

By Steve Wyborney / March 14, 2015

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…

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What is in the cup? (fractions and ratios)

By Steve Wyborney / March 8, 2015

What is in the cup?  This is an engaging, interactive, classroom community and exploration activity that will lead to powerful discussion.  Watch the video below and try this activity in your classroom.     Another post you might be interested in is this powerful vocabulary activity:  Talk a Mile a Minute. You may also be…

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The Multiplication FLAIR

By Steve Wyborney / March 7, 2015

A FLAIR is a highly interactive document that can be used flexibly to rapidly provide independent feedback to students.  The video below will detail how to use the Multiplication FLAIR document.  FLAIR is an acronym for Feedback for Learning at an Advanced Independent Rate.  While I have hundreds of different kinds of FLAIR documents that…

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My Version of the Talk a Mile a Minute Vocabulary Activity

By Steve Wyborney / March 2, 2015

Talk a Mile a Minute is a truly powerful classroom vocabulary activity which produces very high levels of engagement.  I would like to challenge you to watch the video below, download the PowerPoint template, and use this activity in your classroom.  This activity can be used in the math classroom, but can just as easily…

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Math in Motion (Video and PDFs)

By Steve Wyborney / February 28, 2015

Today I would like to share a classroom activity which I call Math in Motion.  This activity provides a rich opportunity for formative assessment, differentiation, practice, and instruction.  See the video below as well as the links to download the math in motion pages.  I hope this idea will become a powerful practice in your…

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12 Ideas to Propel Your Growth Journey

By Steve Wyborney / February 21, 2015

Educators are learners, working in learning communities, with fellow learners.  Our growth journeys are very important not only to ourselves, but to the many people with whom our lives intersect.  Understanding and constantly activating our growth journeys is an important part of our personal and professional growth.  Here are 12  ideas to prompt thinking about…

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The Number Concept Map (Video and PDF)

By Steve Wyborney / February 16, 2015

Here is a new resource for you:  The Number Concept Map.   While there are many different ways this resource could be used in the classroom, I’ve provided a recording below to detail how you might gather representations in your classroom community, and also to show how you might use those representations to look for…

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8 Lessons About Educators

By Steve Wyborney / February 16, 2015

I am a deeply hungry learner – just like you.  Diving headlong into the world of Twitter, the adventure of blogging, and the life of a connected educator, I have discovered several highly apparent lessons about educators – truths about you.  Many of these lessons have become increasingly apparent through the interactions that I have…

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Math Imposter Sets (with Video and PDF)

By Steve Wyborney / February 15, 2015

Over 15 years ago, I began using Imposter Sets in my math classroom.  Imposter Sets frequently produce rich, insightful discussion about important math concepts.  Students readily embrace the mystery of Imposter Sets.  Classroom discussions are frequently characterized by investigation, exploration, and wonder.  Those are powerful responses to a strategy that is actually very simple to use.  …

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The Quicksand of Learning

By Steve Wyborney / February 4, 2015

If you blog, this might sound familiar:  Partway through a post, but not yet finished.  That’s me, right now.  I’m slugging it out, slogging through the middle.   The “quicksand middle” is how I’ve come to think of it.  The more I struggle, the more difficult it seems to be.  Oddly, I have everything I…

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The Green Light Hundreds Chart (Free Resource with Instructional Ideas)

By Steve Wyborney / January 28, 2015

I see that 3,700 visitors have viewed “The Animated Multiplication Table.”  The combination of a ready-to-use resource coupled with instructional ideas drew some attention.  That resource was downloaded by many educators, and I quickly heard the stories of how it was used in classrooms.  Thank you for sharing!   I have another downloadable resource to share as…

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