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.

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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.

Presenter Bio

Vickie Briercheck studied for her undergraduate degree at California University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded a Master’s Degree in 1988 in gifted education from Youngstown State University. She has been an educator of gifted students since 1983, serving as a teacher and coordinator. She is a past president of The Ohio Association for Gifted Children. The final three years of her career she served as an assistant principal. Now retired, she supervises student teachers for Malone University and continues to advocate for gifted students. 

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

  1. Megan – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    I liked being able to think about the applications of this course in my own classroom.

  2. Stacy – CARDINAL LOCAL (verified owner)

    The information was beneficial.

  3. Fidel – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    We can really apply what we learned here

  4. Sarah – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great frameworks to help students think critically and outside the box.

  5. Sonia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

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  6. Sandra May – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

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