•  Prompts of Depth and Complexity

    The Del Paso Manor Rapid Learner program differentiates its curriculum in multiple ways, but one method we strongly rely upon is the use of the prompts of depth and complexity. By utilizing the prompts, we are able to activate higher levels of knowing and allow students to gain expertise in the topics we study.

    Our learners develop depth by approaching a topic from a concrete starting point and then journeying to the abstract. We start with known material and work toward the unknown. Creating depth necessitates uncovering new knowledge that is related to our topic of study.

    The prompts of depth give our students the ability to do the following with respect to the curriculum:


                          Descriptions of Depth Prompts

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    Note traits, attributes or characteristics of an event
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    Language of the Discipline

    Use language that professionals would use in a given field
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    Look for recurring events in order to help predict future outcomes
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    Identify factors or events that cause other events to occur and examine the influences or forces that create an outcome
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    Unanswered questions

    Learn to ask what is still unknown, unclear, or is discrepant and find further evidence or support for a topic
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    Examine structure, order, laws and norms that govern a situation or discipline
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    Identify dilemmas or controversies and elements that might reflect bias or discrimination
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    Big Idea

    Determine overarching statements that summarize a topic of study, generalize, theorize, synthesize thoughts to create a main idea
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    Look at how events influence or affect other events
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    Examine the steps or procedures involved in the creation of a product or idea
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    Figure out what causes something to happen or how an idea is incited
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    Find ideas that verify or validate a statement or conclusion

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    Complexity is the ability to see relationships between and among ideas within a discipline. Thinking with complexity allows our learners to connect concepts within a branch of study.
    By creating complex thinkers, our students are better able to:


                          Descriptions of Complexity Prompts

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    Change over Time

    Describe how the effect of time changes an idea or event
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    Multiple Perspectives

    Investigate opposing points of view or values and examine an event from the perspectives of differing disciplinarians
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    Across Disciplines

    Connect learning across disciplines and find relationships within the content of those disciplines

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    Determine the factors that create the outcome of an event, find the features, conditions or circumstances that describe a situation, examine how the surrounding environment shapes what is happening
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    Look at the varied meanings of language and see how an idea is interpreted in different situations by different people
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    Evaluate what is new, what makes it new and how the changing of time and place makes an idea new
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    Figure out the factors that influence what is happening and then elicit how a decision is to be made


    By using the prompts of depth and complexity, we attempt to develop thinkers who will be able to manage information through many different lenses. Our goal is to develop thinkers who are creative and have the ability to analyze and evaluate ideas in order to create concepts that can be applied in the students’ world.
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Last Modified on August 11, 2014