Teaching for Deeper Learning: Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making


By Jay McTighe, Harvey F. Silver

Published by ASCD

The skills and tools students need to make meaning for themselves


Far too often, our students attain only a superficial level of knowledge that fails to prepare them for deeper challenges in school and beyond. In Teaching for Deeper Learning, renowned educators and best-selling authors Jay McTighe and Harvey F. Silver propose a solution: teaching students to make meaning for themselves.

Contending that the ability to “earn” understanding will equip students to thrive in school, at work, and in life, the authors highlight seven higher-order thinking skills that facilitate students’ acquisition of information for greater retention, retrieval, and transfer. These skills, which cut across content areas and grade levels and are deeply embedded in current academic standards, separate high achievers from their low-performing peers.

Drawing on their deep well of research and experience, the authors

  • Explore what kind of content is worth having students make meaning about.
  • Provide practical tools and strategies to help teachers target each of the seven thinking skills in the classroom.
  • Explain how teachers can incorporate the thinking skills and tools into lesson and unit design.
  • Show how teachers can build students’ capacity to use the strategies independently.

If our goal is to prepare students to meet the rigorous demands of school, college, and career, then we must foster their ability to respond to such challenges. This comprehensive, practical guide will enable teachers to engage students in the kind of learning that yields enduring understanding and valuable skills that they can use throughout their lives.

Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 8.0 × 10.0 in


First Publication Date

January 2020







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