Differentiating with Depth and Complexity


Presenter: Daniel Brillhart, J Taylor Education
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 6

Are you ready to challenge your gifted students and help them develop their critical thinking skills? In this 6-hour course, educator Daniel Brillhart will show teachers how to use depth and complexity icons in their lessons to help differentiate for gifted students. You’ll walk away understanding the history of the icons and how to use them. 

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Are your gifted students stuck on surface-level reading comprehension? Do they breeze through essay questions while giving easy answers? When gifted students aren’t properly challenged, they can quickly and correctly finish their work without ever accessing higher-level thinking.

One of the best ways to help your gifted students exercise their critical thinking skills is by differentiating your lessons with depth and complexity, and educator Daniel Brillhart says that using depth and complexity icons can be the key.

The depth and complexity icons help your students look past the first interpretation of the text and dig deep into the rich layers of the content they read. The icons serve as a visual tool to help your students identify key elements of the text. 

In this 6-hour course, you’ll learn about:
  • The history of the depth and complexity icons
  • What each icon means
  • How to integrate the icons into your lesson plans
After taking this course, you’ll have a strong foundation in depth and complexity icons and will be able to confidently use them in your lessons.

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280 reviews for Differentiating with Depth and Complexity

  1. Ana – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Lots of versatility to be used anywhere and with whatever content you are teaching.

  2. Esther – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I thought it was very insightful.

  3. Daisy – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I thought the course was very informative and gave realistic examples and expectations that I can use with my students.

  4. Rachel – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent, easy to follow and clear to understand.

  5. David – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful

  6. Matthew – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    thorough and introduced me to a new idea

  7. Estefania – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    The course was great, very informative, interesting and useful.

  8. Rosa – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    Loved this course. I found it interesting and helpful.

  9. Jasmine – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This was a helpful course

  10. Jeffrey – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Good information. It is a good process to streamline what you are doing in the classroom and differentiate for the different levels that come in a classroom.

  11. Lynda – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)


  12. Alejandra – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It felt like learning something very similar to blooms taxonomy, which is already widely used in practice.

  13. Lana – GOOSE CREEK CISD (verified owner)

    This is a good introductory course to using depth and complexity in the classroom.

  14. Sandra – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome course!

  15. Jayson – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    There is a lot of information in this course. There are great ideas and stratigies provided that can be used across content and across curriculums.

  16. Rosa – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent for several reasons: one, writing task statements with depth and complexity, differentiating for varied learners, moving students from lower blooms to higher level of Bloom’s and DOK.

  17. Carmen – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)


  18. Melissa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Useful information

  19. Scott – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Very professional and engaging

  20. Briana – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    Succinct and to the point.

  21. Nelda – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I highy recommend this course.

  22. Genesis – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    It’s very interesting and innovative.

  23. Liliana – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I loved it! I really think the content is very helpful and it brings an extra tool to differentiate my instruction in my classroom.

  24. Ashley – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)


  25. Grace – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was informative.

  26. Kevin – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Good depth and direction for how to use task statements to enhance learning.

  27. Silas – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Very detailed and very informative

  28. Ashten – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great training. I appreciated that the lecture was broken up into parts and I was given opportunities to interact with the content.

  29. Rebecca – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was good, but I couldn’t access the resources to complete some of the activities.

  30. Nithya Devi – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It is good for everyone.

  31. Racha – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course is great and have a lot of examples that is helpful to implement in classroom

  32. Shanon – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I know fully understand how to use the icons and help students focus on the concept being presented in a way that is visual.

  33. Beth – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I like how this tool helps expand the teacher’s view of content during the planning process so that students engage in higher levels of thinking.

  34. Holly – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    It was great!

  35. Yves – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked how the use of the icons allows for more depth of learning and is very flexible (choose several icons)

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