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About Ian Byrd

Ian Byrd is the creator of Byrdseed.com. He taught gifted 6th graders in southern California from 2006 to 2012 in the same district where he was a gifted student himself. Ian has presented as a keynote or featured speaker at national, state, and local conferences across the United States.

71 Videos From Ian Byrd

Universal Themes 2: Generating Generalizations

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In this video, we'll take students from a very abstract Universal Theme to practical statements known as Generalizations. These are a tool to unlock connections across subjects.

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Math Curiosity: Primes and Squares

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Can all perfect squares be written as two primes added together? In this exploration, students will discover interesting relationships between these types of numbers.

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing: The Ethical Issue

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Students will identify ethical issues from the science fiction and fantasy genres, then use those ideas to develop their own story's realistic problem.

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing: Introduction

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Students will write a story tackling an ethical issue using the sci-fi or fantasy genres.

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Exploring Circumference With Famous Circles

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Let students discover the relationship between diameter and circumference by exploring some famous circles.

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Asynchrony: Developing At Different Rates

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A gifted student's abilities will develop at vastly different rates. This defining characteristic of gifted students can lead to frustration and a feeling of being alone. Let's learn more about this trait.

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A Lunar Survival Mission

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Inspired by a lesson from NASA, this is an open-ended discussion to get your students thinking outside the box and collaborating to survive on the moon.

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Teaching Morality

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Dr. Kohlberg’s six levels of morality make a complex topic understandable. We’ll explore how to address social-emotional needs and also use these levels for character analysis.

Shakespeare Summaries

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Get students excited about Shakespeare! These five minute summaries focus on his play' fascinating plots, leaving the complex language for later.

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Creating A Classroom Motto

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A perfect introduction to the year, as well as inductive thinking. Your students will develop a motto for your classroom using Hilda Taba's inductive model.

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Math Games

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Here are a set of math games that are perfect for teaching students to create abstract algorithms using their intuition.

Math Curiosities

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In this series, you'll expose students to curiosities, unproven conjectures, and intriguing patterns. There's no required work. Just exploration.

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An Introduction to Preassessments

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The first step in developing appropriately differentiated tasks based on your students' ability levels.

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Writing Summaries in Haiku

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Students will summarize plots, character journeys, and specific dramatic moments using haiku.

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Teach Non-Fiction Writing Structure With Fractals

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It's worth spending time laying the foundation of a strong structure for non-fiction writing. We'll use the fun concept of fractal shapes to discuss the patterns in non-fiction writing.

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Math Project: Furnishing A Hotel

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In this math project, students will design and furnish suites and rooms in a hotel. Then they will use their talents to sell their hotel in a presentation.

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A Grid-Based Fraction Project

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Here's a project for 3rd or 4th graders who have mastered adding and simplifying fractions. Students are given a plot of land to break up into seven unequal pieces.

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Complexity and Parts of Speech

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Push students' understanding of the parts of speech even further by integrating unexpected complexity and ambiguity!

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Fancy Figurative Language

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Take figurative language to the next level! No more memorizing the difference between simile and metaphor. Instead, ask students to use these tools in more creative and complex ways!

An Inductive Exploration Of Geometry

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What if we made the study of quadrilaterals, triangles, or three-dimensional figures an exploration incorporating creativity, discussion, and student-led thinking?

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