Saturday, August 13, 2011

Whole Brain Teaching at Oscar J. Pope Elementary School!

I will begin my sixth year of teaching and fourteenth year in the Polk County public schools at the school I attended from Kindergarten to sixth grade, Oscar J. Pope Elementary School.  I worked at this school for the 1997-98 school year as a para educator in the Emotionally Handicapped 3-5 classroom.  In 2000, I returned as the terminal operator where I remained until 2006 when I earned my Bachelor's of Science degree and began teaching.

Oscar J. Pope Elementary is a unique school in that it provides services to students in regular and exceptional education programs.  The student population generally remains under 500, and 91% of students receive free or reduced price meals.  Three years ago, Oscar J. Pope Elementary received an "F" from the Florida Department of Education after many years of consistently achieving an "A" or "B".  For the past two years, Oscar J. Pope Elementary has earned a "B" from the Florida Department of Education.  Oscar J. Pope Elementary implements the Positive Behavior Support program which I find aligns very well with the Whole Brain Teaching program and the teachings of Harry Wong.

I have used Whole Brain Teaching in my classroom for the past three years, and I look forward to another wonderful year with the program.  I am excited about introducing the program to my new colleagues and spreading the good news about the program.


  1. Welcome to the WBT Bloggers! It is exciting to hear that you have already had so much success with Whole Brain Teaching. I'm looking forward to reading more from you!


  2. Thank you for commenting! I really took to the WBT program from the moment I was introduced by my former principal. I have used the program now for several years, and I have found that with each year of use, I get better and better. My students have always enjoyed the program, and I think I will be able to introduce more colleagues at my new school this year to the program. Onward and upward!

  3. Charlie I am a new WBT teacher, as I just discovered the strategies this past March, so I am still learning! I will be teaching fourth grade this year and I really like your blog. Please continue to post! I would love to see a video of you teaching your students but I know there are probably privacy issues involved with that. Any advice for a WBT novice is MUCH appreciated!