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Understanding the Depth and Complexity Iconic Prompts

The primary objective of the framework is to provide students with challenging learning opportunities by applying Depth and Complexity to the study of the core curriculum. The icons of Depth and Complexity are prompts used to initiate a more advanced and extensive understanding of subject matter for all learners.  The depth and complexity icons are arranged in order of depth from the concrete to the abstract, and complexity from concepts and ideas to a more sophisticated level in order to connect learning across multiple subject areas. However, the icons do not need to be taught in a certain order, all at once, or within specific lessons. The icons should be thought of as a verb or lens of learning that will activate learning of content using higher-level thinking skills.

Watch the short video below to see a quick overview of the Depth and Complexity icons.