Making Depth and Complexity Work for Me


Presenter: Kim Tredick, 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 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 2

Is your plate so full that you don’t have the time or energy to learn anything new? What if, instead of asking you to add one more thing to your plate, someone offered you an entirely new plate? In this lesson, Kim Tredick does just that. The “plate” she’s offering is the Depth and Complexity framework, an approach that helps students engage in self-questioning and evaluative thinking.

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Have you completed previous trainings on the Depth and Complexity framework feeling excited to implement it in your classroom, only to realize that you need more practice using the framework with your own specific curriculum and content? This session is designed to model the integration of various components of Depth and Complexity into sample lessons.

In this lesson, Kim Tredick will walk you through the following elements:

  • A brief overview of the depth and complexity icons
  • A look at depth and complexity integrated lessons
  • Examples of iconic combinations and iconic pathways
  • Suggestions for how to create a differentiated task statement for your class
By the end of the lesson, you will feel very comfortable completing the following activities:
  • Employing all the elements of depth and complexity to differentiate student thinking about any core content
  • Employing all the elements of depth and complexity to promote self-questioning and evaluative thinking for students
  • Using 21st century learner skills in lessons and units that encourage students to think and problem-solve like disciplinarians and professionals

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130 reviews for Making Depth and Complexity Work for Me

  1. Cynthia – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This is something that I will be using. I know it’s going to take a while to get used to it but I find it valuable for me and my students.

  2. Monica – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    This course was outstanding!

  3. Jennifer – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I really like that the Depth and Complexity icons can be easily used with what we are currently teaching. They are an easy way to get the students thinking on a much higher level.

  4. Miguel – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    It was very interesting and informative.

  5. Maximo – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)

    good course

  6. Jennifer – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    Lots of great strategies

  7. Reyes – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    This course allowed me to synthesize new ideas and approaches to using the D&C icons to facilitate independent learning

  8. Deyanira – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Helps you apply the icons to your lessons in different ways.

  9. Anabel – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    well organized

  10. Alma – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    great information

  11. Emma – HUGHES SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    I think that this is a great course for learning a new way of reaching students.

  12. Brooke – HUGHES SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    Great way to use differential learning in the classroom.

  13. Beth – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I have not seen the icons presented in this manner. I will allow me to use them easily with my students and it won’t feel like just one more thing.

  14. Jared – BURLESON ISD (verified owner)

    Information is clearly presented. Several activities and strategies are presented which can be employed in a variety of classes.

  15. Andrew – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This presentation was more informative than other D&P courses I have watched or attended. The presenter gave multiple examples and framed the introduction and use the icons in a way that was not overwhelming.

  16. Vanessa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good understanding/teaching of icons. Gives multiple examples on how they can be applied.

  17. Belinda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I learned what each depth and complexity icon means, saw wonderful detailed examples, and how to use them in my lessons. It was very well organized and the explanation was extremely easy to understand.

  18. Amanda – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very interesting.

  19. Kristie – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I think this was/is a helpful course in helping our students learn/become self-thinkers/self-starters/etc.

  20. Maria – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very structured and gave me good ideas to work on.

  21. Dina – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Very interesting and helpful course. Will definitely use, implement most of the strategies to help my students become more effective self-learners and critical thinkers!

  22. Marisela – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course kept me fully interested the entire time. Learning about and understanding that the icons are a very useful tool will definitely help my students excel in their ownership of learning.

  23. Debbie – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I love the simplicity of the content, but also how pwerful it is!

  24. Martha – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Great explanation about using icons to teach content to new levels of depth and complexity.

  25. Melanie – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Her use of genuine articles from the classroom was helpful, especially with different grade levels. Thank you!

  26. Lori – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I loved this course but definitely need more information.

  27. Tonantzin – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very helpful.

  28. Eliner – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    very helpful

  29. Cynthia – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was very helpful in learning about the icons.

  30. Martha – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I think the icons can really help visual students become more involve in the learning process. It helps them make easier and better connections when they are learning.

  31. Jeanne – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I liked how she showed the icons and different ways to use them through her own teaching and activities she done herself.

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