T&L 2900: Gifted Guild's Guide for Depth and Complexity (Book Study)
Sandra Kaplan's Depth and Complexity icons were developed to help students move beyond a surface level of knowledge. Deeper understanding occurs when students investigate the details, patterns, rules, language, trends, unanswered questions, ethics, and big ideas around content. Complex understanding occurs when students investigate how the content has changed over time, the different perspectives involved, and how the topic connects with other disciplines. The icons are used as a tool to cue a specific type of thinking. They act as a lens to look at a topic in a new way and can take even the most advanced students deeper into grade-level content.