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Icon Combinations and Pathways: the Key to Differentiation

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The lenses of Depth and Complexity enable teachers to focus student learning and inspire critical thinking. While using the iconic prompts in isolation is a key tool for teachers looking to add depth to student tasks, the real power of the icons comes when they are used in combinations, intersections, and pathways. When a teacher uses icon combinations, the student is expected to apply knowledge at an increased level of sophistication or complexity to the curriculum content. Iconic intersections blend two prompts to elicit critical thinking and enable students to determine the consequences of joining two prompts together. In iconic pathways, teachers create a learning structure that fosters analytical thinking and ultimately yields increased understanding of the topic of study.

The video below delves deeper into the magic of iconic combinations and pathways.