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.
- The history of the depth and complexity icons
- What each icon means
- How to integrate the icons into your lesson plans
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.
Stephanie – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner) –
I think this course offers great, tangible ways to include these elements of depth and complexity into all levels and content areas. I think this also provides easy differentiation for all learners.
Sharon – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner) –
Good to help focus on the content statements and how to write them for differentiation.
Patricia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner) –
Benedict – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner) –
I rate this course as a 5 (Best)
Ginny – FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (verified owner) –
This is one of the best courses I have ever taken on GT Ignite! The examples of using the icons were extremely helpful.
Amme – BOERNE ISD (verified owner) –
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ACHLA – UNITED ISD (verified owner) –
Excellent source for refreshers GT course
Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner) –
Great training; very informative.