Dr. Dickenson began teaching for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has taught elementary, middle and high school. In addition to classroom teaching Dr. Dickenson was a Mathematics Coach. She believes strongly in the use of alternative assessments such as performance based tasks, project-based learning and authentic assessment to measure students knowledge and skills. Dr. Dickenson has worked as a teacher trainer and consultant for Princeton Review and Harcourt Publishing. She has taught courses in Teacher Education at National University, University of California Santa Cruz, and University of Southern California.
Student-centered approach to instruction. Knowledge is created by the student therefore instruction must be interactive and not just didactic, I believe strongly in the use of alternative assessments such as performance based tasks, project-based learning and authentic assessment to measure students knowledge and skills.
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s much as I loved learning being a student was not easy for me. I remember spending hours sitting at the dining room table reading and struggling to make sense of content. I would take notes for the textbook and make flash cards to review content. My hard work and effort paid off and I was accepted to the University of Massachusetts Amherst with an academic scholarship. I was the first in my family to graduate and at that point decided what I really wanted to be was a professor. After college I did not enter the teaching profession just yet! I decided to move to Colorado and enjoy life in a small town with good friends. I spent two years in a little ski town called Aspen and had many fond memories that will last a lifetime. I decided it was time to move to San Francisco and see what life was like in this bustling tech-forward city. After a few years in San Francisco I was offered a position as a technical writer in Los Angeles. As a technical writer my favorite time of the day was lunch break when I would volunteer helping young children learn how to read. It was only a matter of time before I returned to my true passion of teaching. Teaching in South Los Angeles was challenging I learned so much from my students and really felt like I was making a difference. There were days when things were extremely difficult like when my school was on lock down because of gang shooting or when one of my students lost her father to a drive-by. Life in the big city of Los Angeles had many challenges but also opportunities to shape students lives and share a passion for learning. My students always challenged me to be the best version of me. Teaching in higher education has been a dream come true. I enter my classroom with compassion, wisdom and an open heart.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Computer Science, Mathematics, Other, For All Subject Areas, Word Problems, General Science, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Mental Math, Decimals, Close Reading