Teaching Students to Dig Deeper: Ten Essential Skills for College and Career Readiness, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

Ten Essential Skills for College and Career Readiness, 2nd Edition

By Ben Johnson


192 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General