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.

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How many parking spots are there in Disneyland's giant parking structure?

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

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

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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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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.

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

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

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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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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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Here's a project for students 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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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!

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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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Take your students' drawings to the next level and introduce perspective drawing with two vanishing points. With just a straight-edge, you'll be amazed at the realism your kids can create.

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Ask students to go beyond "I like it," and form critical opinions based around a set of criteria. Students can produce written arguments, or turn their opinion into an oral presentation.