Introducing The Depth and Complexity Icons and Content Imperatives

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Introducing The Depth and Complexity Icons and Content Imperatives

  1. 1. Icons of Depth and Complexity & The Content Imperatives Erik Mickelson [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>Strategies for Differentiating for High-Ability Students </li></ul><ul><li>Elements of Depth & Complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Content Imperatives </li></ul><ul><li>Universal Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Think Like A Disciplinarian </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly Pursuits </li></ul>
  3. 3. How the Icons of Depth and Complexity Evolved <ul><li>Purpose: To provide Gifted Students with Opportunities for </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Level Thinking and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Kaplan and Gould </li></ul><ul><li>Dual-Coding </li></ul><ul><li>State Standard Review: Mediocrity </li></ul><ul><li>Ancient Philosophers </li></ul><ul><li>Derived from High School Advanced Placement Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Infused into the Standards Based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Has Become the California Model for Teaching Gifted and Talented Students </li></ul>
  4. 4. Depth Complexity <ul><li>Studying many aspects of a single topic </li></ul><ul><li>Going deeper into a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming an “expert” in a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Making connections across several topics </li></ul><ul><li>or academic subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing relationships </li></ul><ul><li>between seemingly </li></ul><ul><li>unconnected ideas or </li></ul><ul><li>concepts </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Differentiation Equation <ul><li>Thinking Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Content (D/C) </li></ul><ul><li>Research/Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Product </li></ul><ul><li>T/S + C (D/C) + R + P </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Environment </li></ul>
  6. 6. Icons of Depth <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>The guide or procedures </li></ul><ul><li>one must obey in a </li></ul><ul><li>discipline; the structure, </li></ul><ul><li>order, or hierarchy. </li></ul><ul><li>Rules of Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Rules of Law </li></ul><ul><li>Rules of Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Language of the Discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Academic Language </li></ul><ul><li>of a particular field of study. </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Terms </li></ul>
  7. 7. Icons of Depth <ul><li>Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Occurrences or concepts </li></ul><ul><li>that repeat. </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematical Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Trends </li></ul><ul><li>Situations or ideas particular </li></ul><ul><li>to a specific period, culture, </li></ul><ul><li>set of circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Trends in Science and </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>
  8. 8. Icons of Depth <ul><li>Big Idea </li></ul><ul><li>Large universal concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate Meanings </li></ul><ul><li>One Word Summaries </li></ul><ul><li>Details </li></ul><ul><li>Information that supports or </li></ul><ul><li>proves the Big Idea </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant pieces but not the </li></ul><ul><li>whole picture </li></ul>
  9. 9. Icons of Depth <ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Right, Wrong, and </li></ul><ul><li>Gray Areas </li></ul><ul><li>The “Should” Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Unanswered </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>What has not or cannot be </li></ul><ul><li>Answered </li></ul><ul><li>Things to Ponder </li></ul>
  10. 10. Icons of Complexity <ul><li>Change over Time </li></ul><ul><li>How time affects ideas and situations </li></ul><ul><li>Across Disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships between Subject Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Different Viewpoints </li></ul>
  11. 11. Using Complexity with Astronomy <ul><li>Changes over time: </li></ul><ul><li>Beliefs about the Universe in the past , </li></ul><ul><li>present and future ? </li></ul><ul><li>Across Disciplines: </li></ul><ul><li>Math and Literature related to Space? </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Perspectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Political/Social perspectives on Space Exploration? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Using Depth in The Story of Cinderella <ul><li>Rules of a Fairytale? </li></ul><ul><li>Language in a Fairytale? </li></ul><ul><li>Patterns of the Story? </li></ul><ul><li>Trends particular to the time the Story takes place? </li></ul><ul><li>Big Idea or Moral of the Story? </li></ul><ul><li>Details that prove the Big Idea? </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical issues in the Story? </li></ul><ul><li>Unanswered Questions after the Story ends? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Content Imperatives <ul><li>Origin: </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning, Root, Source, Foundation, Basis, Catalyst, Causation, Germination, Derivation </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution: </li></ul><ul><li>Value, Achievement, Perseverance, Creativity, Impact, Share, Effects </li></ul>
  14. 14. Content Imperatives <ul><li>Parallel: </li></ul><ul><li>Match, Similarity, Analogous </li></ul><ul><li>Paradox: </li></ul><ul><li>Contradiction, Irony, Opposites, Incongruity </li></ul><ul><li>Convergence: </li></ul><ul><li>Merging, Intersection, Coming Together </li></ul>

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