Barton, April (Kindergarten)
Ms. Singleton
Welcome to Kindergarten!  Please use this site to communicate with me and see what is going on in the classroom.  My email address is listed above.  North Carolina adopted the new common core standards.  If you are interested in learning more about the common core and essential standards please go to this website:http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/

What professional training and educational background have you had?
I have an Early Childhood Associates Degree, Early Childhood Educators Certification, Child Care Credentials Certificate, Bachelors in Birth-Kindergarten with a B-K teaching license and a K-6 add on to the license.  I was trained by the Center on the Social Emotional Foundation of Early Learners to be a demonstration site for Head Start using positive behavior support strategies in the classroom. I have attended and used the Kathy Richardson math lessons and assessments.

What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?
Fairview is such great community.  I enjoy the families and children that attend here.  The staff is caring and are truly here for the children.  We hold each other up and support each other.
 
What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?
My co-workers, the children, and the families here.  We all work hard for the children and to meet their needs. 

How would you describe your classroom?
I would describe my room as warm and friendly.  I see it as a safe and inviting place for the children to be.  It is a nurturing and positive place. I use structure and routine in the classroom to keep it moving smoothly.  I want each child to know they are special and loved.

What authors or books inspire you as a teacher?
The book House Rules by Jodi Picoult about a child with Asperger's Syndrome helped me to understand what it is like for children who struggle with Asperger's.  Many children's books I enjoy reading to the children inspire me to be a better teacher and look for ways to help them read, learn, and write.

What is your favorite quote about education, children and/or learning?
This is one I always used in my newsletters and had posted in my Head Start classroom.  It is more fitting for preschool but they idea is still important for all grades to remember.  We are here to teach the children.  We cannot punish them for something they haven't learned how to do.
“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.”
“If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we…….....
……….teach?………punish?”
“Why can’t we finish the last sentence as
automatically as we do the others?”

My second one:
Bless the children with love and care, keep them close, touch their hair.  Carry their hearts, hold their hand, on their behalf-ALWAYS take a stand. 

For which classroom projects/events are you known?
Some technology projects I did this past year.

How does Fairview create 21st century learners who collaborate with others and have a true passion for learning?
We start by getting to know the children in our class and how they learn best.  We then use that information to help meet their needs by using many different techniques.  We are using more technology in the classroom to help them in their learning. We encourage the children to collaborate and help each other learn.  We create a positive environment where they feel comfortable collaborating and enjoy learning.

In what ways can parents take an active role in your classroom and in their child's learning?
Parents can stay in touch with us through email about their child's progress.  They can volunteer in the classroom to see what is happening in the classrooms.  I send out emails to the parents on what is happening in the classroom.  I ask if any of the parents have something they would like to add or any activity they would like to do in the classroom creating an open classroom concept for them to feel comfortable coming in. 
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