2nd Edition

Teaching Students to Dig Deeper Ten Essential Skills for College and Career Readiness

By Ben Johnson Copyright 2018
    204 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    204 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    204 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    204 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    What does it really mean for students to be college and career ready? In this new edition of Teaching Students to Dig Deeper, Ben Johnson identifies the ten attributes students need for success, according to key research, the College Board, the ACT, and rigorous state standards. In order to thrive beyond high school, students must become…

    • Analytical thinkers

    • Critical thinkers

    • Problem solvers

    • Inquisitive

    • Opportunistic

    • Flexible

    • Open-minded

    • Teachable

    • Risk takers

    • Expressive

    But how? Johnson offers the answers, providing practical strategies and techniques for making the ten attributes come alive in the classroom, no matter what grade level or subject area you teach. With the book’s strategies and tools, you will be inspired, armed, and ready to help all of your students think on a deeper level and expand their learning.

    Section I: Creating Thinkers
    Introduction to Analytical Thinking, Critical Thinking,
    and Problem Solving

    Chapter 1: Analytical Thinkers
    Chapter 2: Critical Thinkers
    Chapter 3: Problem Solvers

    Section I Conclusion: Thinking Can Be an Unbelievably Satisfying Learning Experience

    Section II: Creating College- and Career-Ready Learners
    What Is a Learner?

    Chapter 4: Inquisitive Learners
    Chapter 5: Opportunistic Learners
    Chapter 6: Flexible Learners

    Section II Conclusion: College- and Career-Ready
    Learners Feel a Sense of Urgency

    Section III: Building Resiliency

    Chapter 7: Willingness to Accept Critical Feedback
    Chapter 8: Willingness to Adjust Based on Feedback
    Chapter 9: Openness to Possible Failure

    Section III Conclusion: Building Resiliency Is Like Broccoli

    Section IV: Creating Communicators

    Chapter 10: Ability to Express Oneself in Writing and Orally
    Chapter 11: Skilled at Information Gathering
    Chapter 12: Drawing Inferences and Reaching Conclusions

    Section IV Conclusion: Creating Effective Communicators

    Final Notes


    Ben Johnson is an educational leader and change agent with a mission to help students learn more by increasing teacher and administrator effectiveness. As Assistant Superintendent, he turned around a school district from near unacceptable to recognized in three years. He has mentored and coached multitudes of school instructional leaders to increase student learning throughout the state of Texas.

    "In Teaching Students to Dig Deeper, Ben Johnson emphasizes the notion that all students today need to be Analytical Thinkers, Creative Thinkers, and Problem Solvers. He not only makes a case for each of these but goes on to outline strategies, methods, and ways that educators can go about teaching students to do this in their classes and work. The strategies he integrates in to the book and questions he poses will be quite helpful to readers and educators in a variety of educational positions." - Gregory Bartlett, Consultant, Brunswick School Department, ME

    "I believe this book will be an excellent resource for school leaders trying to lead their staff in understanding the qualities necessary to prepare students to be College and Career Ready and then how to integrate the practice of these qualities into their classroom instruction." – Susan Gorman, Director of Student Improvement, Osawatomie School District #367, KS