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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4 reviews for Differentiating with Depth and Complexity

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

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

  2. Lana – GOOSE CREEK CISD (verified owner)

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

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

    Awesome course!

  4. 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.

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