Depth and Complexity Frames – Differentiating the Core Curriculum


Presenter: Daniel Brillhart, J Taylor Education
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3B; Data-Driven Practice 5A
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 2

While there is no wrong way to introduce the Depth and Complexity icons into your classroom and your curriculum, some ways are easier than others. This one-hour course, taught by Daniel Brillhart of J Taylor Education, provides an in-depth look at one of those ways: through Depth and Complexity frames.  

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According to Daniel Brillhard of J Taylor Education, the only wrong way to introduce the Depth and Complexity icons into your classroom is to choose not to introduce them.

In this interactive course, Mr. Brillhard provides an in-depth look at one of the easiest ways to introduce the icons: through Depth and Complexity frames.

By the end of this one-hour course, you’ll have a clear understanding of the following:

  • How to introduce Depth and Complexity frames to your students
  • How to use frames as a way to learn about your students — and help them learn about themselves
  • The two basic types of frames and how to use them
  • The two steps you need to know when using frames
  • How to adapt the frames to meet the needs of your students, including as a tool for differentiation
  • How to use the frames to create “iconic pathways” where one icon leads to another

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251 reviews for Depth and Complexity Frames – Differentiating the Core Curriculum

  1. Monica – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    It was a great course.

  2. Elsy – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Very Interesting

  3. Becky – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    I love the depth and complexity icons. This was very helpful and extended my learning on the icons.

  4. Cordelia – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    The information is very easy to follow.

  5. Mariana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    great course

  6. Tomas – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great training.

  7. Jennifer – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    It would have been nice to know what the icons were before I took the course.

  8. Michael – DAYTON CITY (verified owner)

    I think it was very informative.

  9. Linda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great information that can easily be implemented in the classroom.

  10. Jeffrey – Bowling Green City School District (verified owner)

    I obtained several ideas from this presentation. It was articulate and very interesting.

  11. Debbie – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)

    Great information.

  12. Ismael – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    This course was great. It was very informational and I learned useful ideas on how to incorporate the depth and complexity icons with my lessons to better assist my students.

  13. Greta – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I think this is a good course for teachers with GT student

  14. Lorena – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)


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  16. Aranay – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  17. Chriselda – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative videos.

  18. Mona L – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)

    very good information

  19. Elizabeth – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)

    The video was to slow, the presenter was boring.

  20. Ida – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas! Very practical.

  21. Leticia – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)

    This course was good info

  22. Eliza – EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked this video, it was very interesting. Would like to view more like this one.

  23. Karina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    it was great

  24. Jeffrey – EANES ISD (verified owner)


  25. Lisa – RIESEL ISD (verified owner)

    excent differentiation of note taking

  26. Grace – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course offers a different perspective on incorporating icons and using them in multiple ways.

  27. Glenda – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent ideas on frames and the idea of inductive/deductive.

  28. Tina – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    The Icons were not explained before the course

  29. Norma – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It gives great ideas to teaching how to use frames with proper icons.

  30. Robin – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    I love the understanding that you can see from this process.

  31. Edith – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    good ideas on using frames

  32. Ruby – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good presentation. Liked his ideas on frames.

  33. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course with excellent ways to use the frames.

  34. Monica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Explains how it can be modified at different levels.

  35. Sarah – HILLSBORO CITY (verified owner)

    Didn’t explain what icons were in the beginning. Assumed you already knew this information to answer the beginning questions

  36. Patricia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  37. Antonia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    it is awesome

  38. Raul – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  39. Lori – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent presentation!

  40. Erica – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    This course was good. I did not have access to the icons or a list of them without doing some outside Googling.

  41. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I found this course very informative and helpful.

  42. Aleah – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  43. Belinda – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative and I plan on implementing the icons in my lessons.

  44. Evangeline – DRISCOLL ISD (verified owner)

    Loved the use of icons!

  45. Pura – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  46. Stacey – RIESEL ISD (verified owner)

    Good information & opportunities to apply info to math examples.

  47. Alan – EANES ISD (verified owner)

    This is a great way to foster deeper level thinking in the classroom.

  48. Patricia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was a great follow up to the course on the explanation of all 11 GT icons

  49. Jessica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was okay, didn’t like the math portion.

  50. Melissa – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Great course!

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