Differentiating with Depth and Complexity

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Differentiating with Depth and Complexity

$ 90.00

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.

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 over 10 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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