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

Presenter Bio

Daniel Brillhart is a Talented and Gifted (TAG) teacher at Gattis Elementary School in Round Rock, TX. Brillhart earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Technology Education and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas in Denton. His teaching experience includes high school government, 6th grade, 4th grade, and he has spent the last eight years teaching TAG. He has won numerous awards including, Teacher of the Year for Govalle Elementary in 1999-2000, Teacher of the Year for Gattis Elementary in 2005-2006, Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 2007, TAG Teacher of the Year for Region XIII in 2009-2010. 

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

  1. Kathryn – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    I think this was a very good course in offering a wide variety of examples on how to use depth and complexity icons in class.

  2. Karen – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    This was a great refresher course on using frames.

  3. Drew – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    One of my favorite courses on GT Ignite. This is definitely a strategic approach I will use, and definitely one I’ll watch again.

  4. Amanda – FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    I thought this was a great look into using the depth and complexity model. I have learned about it, but I like how there are practical examples on how to use it in the classroom.

  5. Shannon – BEAVERCREEK CITY (verified owner)

    Very good! Can be applied to any class, level, subject, etc.

  6. Mia – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Lots of great ideas and once you get the hang of it, it is quite simple. Excited to try it next year. Love that there are so many different levels of support.

  7. DYLIELAH – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)


  8. Colleen – GAHANNA-JEFFERSON CITY (verified owner)

    Good practical applications

  9. Mika – EULA ISD (verified owner)

    Good reminder that frames can be a quick way to step up the level of thinking pertaining to a concept during a lesson. You’ll want to have knowledge of all of the icons before taking this course.

  10. Sherri – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Good examples of frames

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