Depth & Complexity

Lower level knowledge only scratches the surface.

Depth means to dig deeper.
The Depth and Complexity Icons are prompts for initiating a more advanced and extensive understanding of subject matter
Depth: Language of the discipline, details, rules, unanswered questions, big idea, ethics, patterns, trends
Complexity: Multiple points of view, across the disciplines, change over time

Each of these tools are considered important elements necessary for subject mastery. For example, economist need to understand the language of an economist, the different points of view in economy, the rules that govern economy, the ethical decisions of an economist, the patterns and trends in economy, etc.  Likewise, a Football Team Owner, coach and player would need to understand the rules of football, changes in football over time, and the ethics involved in football. When students critically think using these tools, they begin to approach content and concepts from the view of an expert across different disciplines.  In hope they will gain deeper and more complex knowledge of content and concepts

Imagine if students began this type of critical thinking in Kindergarten and continued to use these tools to enhance their thinking as they progress through the educational system.

Content Imperatives Icons are tools developed by Dr. Sandra Kaplan to increase rigor, engage, enhance thinking, dig deeper into content.   A way to increase complexity and differentiate curriculum.
Content Imperatives: Origins, paradox, parallel, convergence, contribution
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