(180 customer reviews)

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.

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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180 reviews for Differentiating with Depth and Complexity

  1. 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.

  2. Sharon – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    Good to help focus on the content statements and how to write them for differentiation.

  3. Patricia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent presentation

  4. Benedict – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    I rate this course as a 5 (Best)

  5. 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.

  6. Amme – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful.

  7. Sarah – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful

  8. Shannon – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)


  9. ACHLA – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent source for refreshers GT course

  10. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great training; very informative.

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