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Jeb Dickerson

Hello,

I'm Jeb Dickerson and this is my 3rd year at Trailside, teaching Civics and Economics.

My first 6 years of teaching were spent at the high school level in North San Diego County (California) where I taught every social studies subject, as well as a few others. I have a fair bit of experience with Project and Challenge Based Learning, as well as Personal Learning, and my approach veers off the beaten path quite a bit. But always in service to students' ability to take responsibility for their own learning (which is, or should be, the ultimate goal of public education) and to prioritize thinking over memorization.

I spent two years piloting Vista High School's Personal Learning Academy. Along with 7 other teachers and 200 juniors, we began the work of reimagining what it means to teach and learn. It started with interdisciplinary collaboration between core teachers, housed students and a willingness to take risks. It was messy, but important work, and it helped our school win the  $10 million XQ Super School award.

The following year, I was one of 5 teachers to develop a course focused on teaching the Challenge Based Learning framework. This is an inquiry model of learning that relies heavily on student co-creation. Ultimately, the goal was to make learning personal and relevant, and CBL provides a vehicle for doing just that.

This is the background I bring with me to TMS and I think it positions me well to help your students become thinkers rather than simply compliant rule followers. My classroom is a true collaboration and my expectation is that students accept the responsibility of designing their learning experiences. Not alone, but with me, and with their peers, and I'm confident that if they will, they'll head off to high school (and beyond) with the confidence they need to make truly meaningful contributions to the world...and not a moment too soon.

These are the goals, and we'll work hard every day to realize them. Please reach out any time if there's something I can help you with.

Cheers

Mr. Dickerson

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