Phrases to Open Up a Discussion

One of my favorite open-ended, creative activities becomes even better with careful phrasing on my part. These three questions will help you be the facilitator of a discussion, rather than the authority.

On Labels


When speaking about giftedness, I am often told that “labels are harmful.” Here’s why I think labels have a powerful (but limited) purpose.

Exploring Sci-Fi and Fantasy


Our students are passionately devouring science fiction and fantasy series. So why don’t our reading and writing programs reflect this? Some thoughts on harnessing the power of these genres.

Summer 2016 Reading Recs

Looking for something to read this summer? Here are a few sorta-teaching-related texts I’ve enjoyed.

Hatch Round 2

I’m thrilled to announce not one, but two Byrdseed Hatch events. On February 11th, 2017 we’re coming back to The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana with a new line-up of presenters. But first, Hatch will go on the road to Austin, TX at the funky Hotel Van Zandt on October 8th, 2016. Both Saturday events […]

Reader Question: Unusual Animals

A reader asks how we can take the typical “look up facts online and then present with PowerPoint” task to an appropriate level of challenge.

Summer Project: Share Your Success

Summer is looming, and you have lots of possible ways to spend your upcoming time. I’d like to encourage you to use a little bit of that time to write up your favorite successes of the year.

The Curse Of Knowledge

The Curse of Knowledge: once you know something, it’s hard to think from the perspective of someone who doesn’t know it. And the more you know, the harder it gets.