|Welcome to Ms. Davidson's Classroom|
What professional training and educational background have you had?
· BA from Appalachian State University – Middle School LA and SS
· MA from Western Carolina University – K-9
I have taught fifth
grade for 31 years. I was the only 5th grade teacher at French Broad
Elementary and Woodfin Elementary schools for over 20 years. I taught 2 years
at W.D. Williams and have been at Fairview for the past 6 years.
What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?
The students make
Fairview a special place. They are kind to each other, respect each other, and
accept and appreciate the diversity in our school. They come to school excited
to learn new things.
I enjoy teaching every component of the science curriculum since teaching science has always been my passion.
I enjoy working with the students in my class and getting to know them
as well and as closely as possible.
My classroom reflects my love of science. There are birds’ nests, rocks and fossils, tornado tubes, and even a pickled mouse! It is evident by looking at my room that students frequently participate and learn by using hands-on activities.
Thinking is more important in my classroom than always getting the right answer.
What is your favorite quote about education, children and/or learning?
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B King
“Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” George Evan
For which classroom projects/events are you known?
· Earth Day Grocery Project
· Iditarod Study
· STEM science experiments
How does Fairview create 21st century learners who collaborate with others and have a true passion for learning?
We use the resources we have to teach computer skills to all of our students. We encourage students to first master correct keyboarding skills. Then, they are able to use programs such as PowerPoint to create presentations after completing research on a particular topic. Research is typically done by students using laptops to access various websites available on the internet. Academic websites suggested and linked on teachers’ individual classroom websites are used to support learning that is done in class, for review, and for test prep. Students use e-mail to collaborate with each other, with teachers, and sometimes with pen-pals, and blogs are often used by students to share ideas.
In what ways can parents take an active role in your classroom and in their child's learning?
A daily homework/information log is used to promote parent/teacher/student communication in my classroom. This log includes space for:
· students to record homework assignments.
· important announcements or dates to remember.
· teacher and parent notes.
· teacher and parent signatures.
· student behavior information
Parents are asked to read and sign this log each day Monday through Friday. This is the best way to keep communication open both ways throughout the year.
Parents are asked to closely supervise students’ reading at home.
Communication via e-mail is also encouraged.