RICHMOND HILL, GA--Askia Jackson has always had teaching in her blood.
"I was the oldest of my grandmother's grandchildren, so I was always the leader, the one that told everybody else what to do," said Jackson.
And now she is telling 21 third graders what to do at Richmond Hill Elementary.
And when she speaks, they definitely listen because she makes learning fun. She's known for bringing lessons to life.
"If I'm doing a lesson on land forms, instead of look in your book, let's write the definition for land forms," said Jackson. "They're not going to remember it because they are just writing words that don't make sense. But if I say we're going to talk about land forms, for the land let's use cookie dough, for the water let's use icing with blue food coloring, for the mountains let's use Bugles and put up some volcanoes. When they see it and they can touch it and they can do it, it makes it more easier for them to remember."
And making learning fun is actually a lesson she has learned from her students.
"They've taught me that it's OK to have fun," said Jackson. "It doesn't have to be so serious. Teaching doesn't have to be serious as long as learning is taking place. As long as they are learning, it's OK to have fun while you're learning."
So for making her lessons come to life with creativity and perhaps a few laughs, Askia Jackson is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.