Higher Level Thinking and Complexity – Instructional Frameworks for Critical and Creative Thinking (3-Hour)


Presenter: Vickie Briercheck
Core Area: Curricular Content Knowledge 3.1, Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.1, ODE Teacher Competency a, b, c; OAGC HOTS
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 3

Using complex material in the classroom is different than giving more advanced work. In this 3-hour course, educators will discover how to use seven frameworks of complexity to challenge students and broaden their learning. Learn practical ways to add more complex material in your instruction and help your students grow.

Need more hours? Save $30 with our 6 hour bundle!

Add to Cart or Click Here for District Pricing


Creating complex material for students is different than just giving them more advanced work. In this course, education expert Vickie Briercheck guides teachers through the process of using assimilation, application, adaptation, and acquisition to incorporate complex material into their instruction. Educators will discover how to use frameworks of complexity to challenge students and broaden their learning.

This course is split into three modules that dive deeply into complexity and creative thinking in the classroom. In this 3-hour course, you will learn about:

  • Sandra Kaplan’s icons of depth and complexity
  • Differences between advanced work and complex work
  • Seven frameworks of complexity
  • Scaffolding techniques
2016 ODE Teacher Competencies: a, b, c
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards: 3.1, 5.1

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Additional information





, , ,


136 reviews for Higher Level Thinking and Complexity – Instructional Frameworks for Critical and Creative Thinking (3-Hour)

  1. Kristen – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Very quality information and use in the classroom.

  2. Marissa – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course. The pacing and the delivery of information allowed for participants to process and make sense of their prior knowledge and draw connections to the new concepts presented.

  3. Marcy – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Great discussions

  4. Mirna – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    excellent presentation

  5. Carrie – NORTHRIDGE LOCAL (verified owner)

    The presenter did a good job with introducing the different frameworks. I would have liked more links between traits of gifted students and the given methods.

  6. Micah – DAYTON CITY (verified owner)

    It was very long.

  7. Lisa – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    It was a great course to learn about activities to do with students to extend thinking.

  8. Tonia – Centerburg Local (verified owner)

    Loved the practical ideas!

  9. Juanita – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    This course gave me a different perspective and great ideas on how to use “Creative Problem Solving” and “Creativity” in my lessons.

  10. Dora – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative and has given me a better understanding of what it really means to teach gifted students.

  11. Dora – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very good examples provided.

  12. Becky – Centerburg Local (verified owner)

    I enjoyed learning about the Visual Thinking Model. I often encourage kids to take notes that are relevant to themselves in order to remember concepts. I may focus more on these images to take note notes for this school year!

  13. Gretchen – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    This would be a good course for beginner teachers

  14. Liliana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Informative and plenty of resources to use in the classroom setting and how to use them.

  15. Eliza – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    amazing information!

  16. Ingryd – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good examples

  17. Luis – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Although the course was informative, the reflective questions were somewhat ambiguous. Therefore, it was only moderately stimulating.

  18. Shannon – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    I like I can work at my own pace.

  19. Julianne – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Provides an introduction to creative thinking questions/ methods .

  20. Miriam – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Organized, very good visuals

  21. Haydee – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It’s ok

  22. Monica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I think that this course is very informative, especially for the creative subjects.

  23. Brittany – NORTHRIDGE LOCAL (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the course

  24. Alan – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  25. Sarah – FAYETTEVILLE-PERRY LOCAL (verified owner)


  26. Maritza – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Great presentation!

  27. Jodi – St Marys City Schools (verified owner)

    Many frameworks to explore here!

  28. Eloisa – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Very inquisitive.

  29. Robert – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Great, very interesting, and affirming to the things that I want to do in the classroom and some that I have been doing.

  30. Carlota – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Well organized

  31. Woodrow – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Good information

  32. Julie – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    The frameworks and strategies provide insightful ideas to use in the classroom.

  33. Elizabeth – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting course.

  34. James – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Excellent! You do not need to be a gifted student teacher for this to be beneficial!!!

  35. Angelica – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the third module the most but it was very informative and most of the framework I had not seen before so I will use the icons.

  36. Daniel – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

    eye opening

  37. Monica – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    It is a great resource to look at various ways to get deeper thinking into your lessons.

  38. Jessica – BETHEL LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great information on frameworks.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

SKU OAGC-459 Category