As you plan …

Here’s a wonderful read to think deeply about and consider the message as planning begins for the fall.

Difficulty Vs. Complexity: What’s the Difference?

When you think about it, it puts a lot of things into perspective.

And it’s not just a couple more buzzwords for education.

As teachers, we all have played the education game.  We graduated elementary school, secondary school, university or college or brought in experiences from the world of work, and then attended a year at a Faculty of Education to gain qualifications.  Many have returned to get certified in additional areas through AQ courses.  The bottom line is that we should we well educated when we walk into that classroom door.

Where we meet the students.

At this point, they may well be all over the map in terms of their ability to work with the subject/grade level.

To keep student focused, work and projects at their level of expertise are often given and the principles of differentiation used.  At times, though, used inappropriately.  For the high flyers, often a more difficult problem is given – “that will keep them busy”.

I really like the discussion in this article and I think it was nicely summarized in less than 140 characters in a reply to my Twitter sharing of it.

I would extend her thoughts to the actual curriculum development.  With all the educational background of the teacher, “difficulty” should be easy to accomplish.

However, “complexity” may not be as easy.

It requires a deeper knowledge of the subject matter and how this deeper understanding enhances and supports student learning.  I would also suggest that it’s a better motivator.

After all, “the more you know, the more you know”.

And, complexity can reach all students; difficulty won’t.

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