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Dr. Dickenson

I am an assistant professor of Teacher Education at National University in San Jose.
Dr. Dickenson has written 48 posts for Teacher Prep Tech

Teaching Gratitude

In the wake of school violence, suicide and a host of other social problems that plague children and youth, teachers and school districts are hurdled with another challenge, equipping children with the socio-emotional skills to thrive in a democratic society and lead a productive life. In the next few weeks I will focus my blog posts … Continue reading

Building on Life Experiences

The excitement of school vacation doesn’t end just because students have return to school.  From family trips to visiting relatives, students are filled with life experiences percolating in their mind. This excitement builds when they finally see their classmates and teacher with whom they want to share these experiences with. Have you thought about ways … Continue reading

The Ripple Effect…

Being a teacher is a powerful force, it can shake the surface of a young soul like an earthquake, and cause a ripple effect that can last a lifetime.   It is the”why” for many of us who enter the profession and the essence of being a teacher.  We want to make a difference and … Continue reading

The International Gap Unearthed

Finland has long been on the international radar as having the most well prepared teachers and with that high international student achievement. The question of “What are they doing in Finland?” has been on the radar for educators in the United States for over the past decade. But a recent article by the Atlantic “When … Continue reading

Supporting Students with Exceptionalities

When new teachers enter the classroom, they bring with them personal experiences, beliefs, and attitudes that shape instructional choices, interactions with students, and beliefs about the learner. Teacher expectations are strongly correlated to student achievement. As such, what a teacher believes about a student may become the expected outcome, and this is true for students … Continue reading

Scaffolding from 10,000 feet

A friend of mine went skydiving for the first time.  She never jumped before so her first jump was tandem.  This process allowed her to enjoy the experience of jumping without the stress of having to remember everything to do.  It can take 25 times of tandem jumping before a student can jump alone. Tandem … Continue reading

Creating Digital Products

Goodbye Frank Shaffer circa 1985 you have been in our community long enough and your worksheets don’t grow dendrites. Teachers if I can give you any advice please don’t waste instructional time with run-offs from your favorite fill-in-the-blank workbook. I’m telling you now it may keep your kids quiet for a moment but it won’t … Continue reading

Integrative Instructional Design

The pre-service teachers I work with often here me tout  “Instruction is not a one size fits all approach”.  This notion is based on Tomilson’s theory of differentiated instruction. Tomilson contends that teachers can and should provide multiple pathways to learning by differentiating three areas of instruction: content, process and product.  The idea of presenting … Continue reading

Grant Writing

Teacher grant opportunities can open doors to innovative teaching strategies and differentiated learning experiences for your students.  From STEM-based initiatives to programs that develop students social-emotional awareness, grants provide the mean$ and momentum for teachers to develop new ways of fostering the whole child. Grant season is upon us and school leaders and grant writing … Continue reading

Motivating Reluctant Readers

What if I told you in 2013, 66% of fourth grade students were reading below proficient levels.  If we disaggregate the data by race, that number increases by 81% for Latinos and 83% for black students.  The statistics are alarming less than half of all students in the United State read at a desirable level. … Continue reading

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