Top Teacher--Anna Porter

This week's Top Teacher is challenging Low Country students  in Seabrook, South Carolina. She uses a new style of teaching that combines a variety of subjects into one lesson.

Anna Porter of James J. Davis Elementary's fifth-grade class is working with something we see pretty often this time of year.

"We had some chilly weather, so I thought this would be a good time to do the pumpkin," she says.

The pumpkins aren't out for decoration: they're actually there to teach Mrs. Porter's assignment. Students have to estimate how many seeds are inside.

As student Maranda Bing insists, "She can help any student who don't know how to do it."

The students also worked on measurements. They used tape measure for the circumference and a ruler for the height. The students also had to weigh their pumpkins. It's all a part of Mrs. Porters style of teaching - what she calls emersion.

"That technique is when you use every subject and cram as many of the South Carolina standards or anything that I can do to teach into a fun-filled activity that the children will enjoy," Mrs. Porter says. "And that they can learn from."

That certainly seems to be what's happening, and the students give their teacher all the credit.

"I think she could go around the world and teach anybody and just, she's just incredible," says fifth-grader Dominik Lawton.

Anna Porter is this week's Top Teacher.

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Reported by: Dmitra Denmark