About Steve

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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.

 

 

  1. “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?

    1. 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.

  2. 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

    1. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  8. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

      1. 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.

  9. 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!

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