J Taylor Education’s Language of the Discipline Icon

By J Taylor Education

J Taylor Education’s Depth and Complexity Icons are the quintessential tool for differentiation. Icons are the visual prompts designed to help students go beyond surface level understanding of a concept while enhancing their ability to think critically. They encourage students to think like a disciplinarian (e.g. a biologist, historian, geographer, etc.) and therefore are extremely motivating. Icons are tools that help students dig deep into a concept and explore that topic with greater complexity. Utilizing the Depth & Complexity Icons and Framework is a widely-accepted, efficient, and successful way to differentiate the curriculum for your students.

The Language of the Discipline Icon is one of eight of the icons focusing on depth. It requires students to understand and utilize the vocabulary related to a particular discipline of study. It can include abbreviations, figures of speech, phrases, signs/symbols. When students are able to analyze a concept and discuss it while utilizing an expert’s terminology, they are using varied thinking skills, making connections, and producing scholarly insights.

Our instructional brochure with introduction and integration ideas can be downloaded for free at https://www.jtayloreducation.com/product-instructions/.


J Taylor Education is the sole source publisher and official provider of Depth and Complexity Framework products and workshops. The Depth and Complexity Framework is the differentiation solution, providing instructional tools that empower students to be independent thinkers and creative problem-solvers. Used in over 85,000 classrooms, the Depth & Complexity Framework creates renewed learning excitement in the classroom. Learn more at www.jtayloreducation.com. Follow us on Twitter @JTaylorEdu