HI, I'm Jeb Dickerson and this is my 4th 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, and 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 was messy, but important work, and it helped our school win a $10 million XQ Super School award.
Even in just the last 10 years, the role, the purpose, and the importance of public education has changed drastically, as has my philosophy about teaching and learning. And the result is my firm belief in the idea that Learning is the consequence of Thinking and, as such, my top priority is to help our students develop the habits and mindsets that will engage them in thinking every single single day. Mine is a non-traditional approach and it asks a lot from students. In the end, they leave TMS with a clear understanding of what it means to think critically, to work productively on a team, to solve interesting problems...and the confidence and inclination to do it again.
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.