I used a Depth and Complexity Frame like this with my math students. Let’s look at how we could improve this. Some problems: It asks four unrelated questions. I want to build a sequence of questions that climbs Bloom’s Taxonomy. Most of the questions are naturally answered with “yes” or “no” or a list. Questions […]

# All AboutDepth And Complexity

This framework for differentiation will give your students practical ways to think more deeply about a topic.

## Language of the Discipline Gone Wrong

A teacher sent this one in. They had a ring of pre-written Depth and Complexity questions. They suspected something was wrong. They were right!!

## Picture Books and Stories for Introducing Depth and Complexity

Three picture books that I’ve used (or would use) to introduce Depth and Complexity to students of any age.

## Introducing Ourselves With Depth and Complexity and Frames

A go-to activity to introduce the prompts of depth and complexity to students while they also introduce themselves to their new classmates.

## The Problem with Depth and Complexity Handouts

These common Depth and Complexity handouts are packed with questions that don’t even make sense!

## Pop Quiz! Rock Cycle Depth and Complexity

Here are a set of questions someone sent in. What do you think?

## Universal Themes in Math? With Fractions!?

What if we used a universal theme to guide our study of fractions? These *very* big ideas get students thinking about fractions in a new way.

## Combining Depth and Complexity Prompts into a Generalization

Let’s start with a puzzlement, ask kids to generate an abstract statement, and then find evidence that their statement works across several different areas.

## How To Introduce the Depth and Complexity Icons to Students

Here are a few ways that you can introduce the prompts of Depth and Complexity to a range of students (yes, even kindergartners!).

## Making Our Own Depth and Complexity Icon Posters (That Emphasize Thinking)

Why I let students make their own depth and complexity posters rather than buying and displaying professional printable posters.