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

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

by Ben Johnson

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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 are 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138055858
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/18/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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

Table of Contents

Meet the Author v

Preface xii

Introduction 1

Section I Creating Thinkers 9

Introduction to Analytical Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving 9

Chapter 1 Analytical Thinkers 12

Why Do Students Need to Be Analytical Thinkers? 12

The Importance of Analytic Strategies and Techniques 14

Analytical Thinking and College and Career Readiness 15

How to Help Students Become Analytical Readers 15

How to Help Students Think Analytically 16

Strategy: Abstract Thinking to Enhance Analytical Thinking 16

Strategy: Logic 18

Strategy: Identifying Differences and Similarities 19

Chapter 2 Critical Thinkers 24

Why Do Students Need to Be Critical Thinkers? 24

Teachers' Perspectives of Critical Thinking 25

The Brain and Critical Thinking 26

How to Help Students Think Critically 29

Strategy: Helping Students Read Critically 29

Strategy: Using Questions to Help Students Think Critically 31

Why Ask Questions? 32

Strategy: Using Cognitive Dissonance to Help Students Think Critically 35

An Educator's Cinch Rope 36

Necessary Teacher Preparations for Critical Thinking 39

Chapter 3 Problem Solvers 44

Why Do Students Need to Be Problem Solvers? 44

Thinking Tools 47

Creativity Is the Key to Effective Problem Solving 48

Literacy and CCR 49

Reading Is the Basis of Learning Problem Solving 50

Literary Problem Solving Using RSVP 53

How to Help Students Become Successful Problem Solvers? 54

Strategy: Methods for Inciting Creativity and Identifying Options for Solving Problems 54

Strategy: Design Thinking 57

Strategy: Lateral Thinking 59

Section I Conclusion: Thinking Can Be an Unbelievably Satisfying Learning Experience 64

Section II Creating College- and Career-Ready Learners 67

What Is a Learner? 67

Chapter 4 Inquisitive Learners 70

Why Should Students Have an Inquisitive Nature? 70

How to Help Students Develop an Inquisitive Mature 71

Strategy: Anticipatory Set 74

Strategy: Inquiry Learning 78

Strategy: Socratic Questioning 79

Chapter 5 Opportunistic Learners 83

Why Do Students Need to Be Opportunistic Learners? 83

How to Help Students Take Advantage of Learning Opportunities 86

Strategy: Immersive Learning 87

Strategy: Powers of Observation 90

Strategy: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning 93

Chapter 6 Flexible Learners 97

Why Do Students Need to Be Flexible Learners? 97

Employing Uncertainty to Teach 98

How to Help Students Cope with Frustration and Ambiguity 100

Strategy: Project-Based Learning 102

Strategy: Prime the Pump. Here's the Main idea-You Work Out the Details 104

Strategy: The Future Is Uncertain 106

Section II Conclusion: College- and Career-Ready Learners Feel a Sense of Urgency 109

Section III Building Resiliency 113

The Hard Work and Exhilaration of Learning Builds Resiliency 113

Chapter 7 Willingness To Accept Critical Feedback 116

Why Do Students Need to Be Able to Accept Critical Feedback? 116

How to Give Formative Assessments to Help Students Accept Critical Feedback 119

Strategy: Peer Review 120

Strategy: Rough Draft 121

Strategy: Validation 124

Chapter 8 Willingness To Adjust Based On Feedback 127

Why Do Students Need to Be Willing to Adjust Their Learning? 127

Flexibility is Fomented by Feedback-True Formative Assessment 128

How to Help Students Adjust Based on Feedback 129

What Kinds of Formative Assessment Can a Teacher Create to Provide Immediate Feedback to Students? 131

Strategy: Rough Drafts 132

Strategy: Test Retake Policy 133

Strategy: Personal Conversations 135

Chapter 9 Openness To Possible Failure 137

Why Do Students Need to Be Open to Possible Failure? 137

A Teaching Personal Philosophy Is Crucial 140

How to Help Students Be Open to Possible Failure 140

Strategy: Tell Students That It Will Be Hard, But They Can Do It 142

Strategy: Pretesting 144

Strategy: Building Trust with Students 145

Section III Conclusion: Building Resiliency Is Like Broccoli 149

Section IV Creating Communicators 153

Effective Vocabulary Development Is the Basis for Effective Communication 153

Chapter 10 Ability To Express Oneself In Writing And Orally 157

Why Do Students Need to Communicate Effectively? 157

Communicating Effectively in Writing 157

How to Help Students Express Themselves in Writing and Orally 160

Communicating Effectively Orally 162

Strategy: Debate 163

Strategy: Scaffold Discussions 165

Strategy: Toastmasters Public Speaking 166

Chapter 11 Skilled At Information Gathering 170

Why Do Students Need to Be Good Researchers? 170

Danger of Information Literacy Isolation 170

Becoming Teacher Leaders 172

Helping Students Become Informationally Literate 172

How to Help Students Be Good Information Gatherers 173

Strategy: Find It 175

Strategy: Sift It 176

Strategy: Test It Out 177

Chapter 12 Drawing Inferences And Reaching Conclusions 181

Whv Do Students Need to Be Skilled at Drawing Inferences and Reaching Conclusions? 181

How to Help Students to Succeed in Drawing Inferences and Reaching Conclusions 183

Strategy: Thinking Systems 185

Strategy: Convergent and Divergent Thinking 187

Strategy: Whole Part Whole 188

Section IV Conclusion: Creating Effective Communicators 191

Final Notes 192

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