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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.

43 Videos From Ian Byrd

Disneyland Parking Structure Math Project

7 minutes 49 seconds

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

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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

7 minutes 12 seconds

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

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A Lunar Survival Mission

6 minutes 39 seconds

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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Levels of Moral Development

11 minutes 52 seconds

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

5 minutes 8 seconds

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

7 minutes 29 seconds

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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Writing Summaries in Haiku

5 minutes 1 seconds

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

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Teach Non-Fiction Writing Structure With Fractals

5 minutes 48 seconds

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

10 minutes 38 seconds

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

5 minutes 36 seconds

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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Fancy Figurative Language

11 minutes 43 seconds

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

9 minutes 56 seconds

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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Two Point Perspective

8 minutes 42 seconds

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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Teaching Criticism

7 minutes 18 seconds

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.

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