107 Videos From Ian byrd

Improving Unclear Sentences

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Rewriting passive sentences into active sentences makes them clearer, shorter, and more interesting. This video will help identify and improve these passive sentences.

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Fractals: Sierpinski’s Triangle

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Sierpinski's Triangle is an example of a self-repeating shape known as a fractal. Students will learn to create their own as well as extend this idea into other shapes, leading to interesting math-based art.

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Fractals: Koch Snowflake

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The Koch Snowflake is an example of a self-repeating shape known as a fractal. Students will learn to create their own as well as extend this idea into other shapes, leading to interesting math-based art.

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The Thinking Hats

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This video introduces Edward de Bono's "Six Thinking Hats", tools that give people six specific ways to think when they're working with others: facts, emotions, positive, negative, creativity, and organization. They're perfect for improving small group and whole group discussions.

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A Donut Investigation

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In this video, students investigate a strange image that asks which has more sugar: a donut or a health drink? What about a salad? Using math and language arts skills, they'll determine if this image shows a complete picture or is misleading.

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Jabberwocky and Context Clues

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Using Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky, students will try to infer the parts of speech and meanings of nonsense words. Then they can try their hand at their own nonsense poems.

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Propaganda and Logical Fallacies

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In this series, students learn about five types of logical fallacies then develop an argument *against* a great idea, invention, or character using these techniques.

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Showing A Character’s Trait

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We tell students to "show not tell" in their writing, but this advice isn't effective until they experience the difference. In this video, we'll write two examples of a scene: one showing a character's trait, and one just telling.

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Create A Civilization: Calendars

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In this video, students will continue adding to their civilizations by investigating historical calendars and then creating their own.

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Multiple Meaning Matcher

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Try this challenging vocab puzzle based on matching up homographs.

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Math Curiosity: Waring’s Conjecture

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Students will tackle Waring's curious conjecture from 1762: all odds are either primes, or can be written as the sum of three primes. After 250 years, we still don't know if it's true or not!

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Investigating Caffeine Part 3

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In this final part of the caffeine investigation, students will analyze advertisements, and then create a public service announcement.

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Investigating Caffeine Part 2

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Students, now armed with data about five caffeinated beverages, will survey a set of peers and/or adults to uncover misconceptions about caffeine.

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Using Literary Peers and Mentors: If I Ever Get Out Of Here

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Steve Schroeder-Davis continues his series on book recommendations for underrepresented gifted populations with the novel If I Ever Get Out of Here.

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Using Literary Peers and Mentors Part 1

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Steve Schroeder-Davis breaks down the use of realistic fiction and biographies as a tool to find friends and peers for gifted kids, especially those living in poverty, from under-represented populations, or with multiple exceptionalities.

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Investigating Caffeine Part 1

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This is the first of a three part interdisciplinary math project. Students will be investigating caffeinated beverages, dangers of caffeine, and how advertising affects our perceptions.

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Universal Themes 3: Organizing Instruction

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In this video, we'll use Universal Theme and Generalizations to organize your instruction at the lesson, unit, or even subject level.

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Universal Themes 1: Introduction

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Universal Themes, part of the Depth and Complexity framework, give you an easy way to take your lessons across all content areas. In this video, we'll introduce the Themes and start an opening activity.

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Moving Up Blooms: Remember and Understand

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In this series, we'll be climbing Bloom's Taxonomy to help all students reach the highest levels.

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Moving Up Blooms: Create

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After climbing all the way up Bloom's Taxonomy, students will now realistically change existing ideas to create something new.

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