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Dr. Dickenson

I am an assistant professor of Teacher Education at National University in San Jose.
Dr. Dickenson has written 51 posts for Teacher Prep Tech

My new site: www.teacherpreptech.com

Dear Readers, As technology continues to provide us with greater functionality in how we communicate, share ideas and collaborate with each other, I have realized the power of video as a tool to share my ideas and best practices in teaching.  Unfortunately my present blog host does not provide this functionality (at least not for … Continue reading

3 Reads Approach in Mathematics

As a mathematics coach one area where I was constantly tapped for support was problem solving. Problem solving is an area in which not only students struggle, but teachers have difficulty teaching. The complexity of problem solving requires engaging students to make sense of a problem before they set out to solve it.  What typically … Continue reading

Technology only as powerful as the teacher using it :)

Vygotsky believed “cultural tools” significantly shape a child’s cognitive development.  This might include the use of language to communicate as well as nonverbal cues that are within the environment and shape a child’s behavior.     Tools for thinking greatly influence a child’s ability to learn, reason,  think logically and develop abstract thinking.  A calculator, … Continue reading

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

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