Panama City - This week's Golden Apple Award-winning teacher chose teaching as his second career. After just a few months on the job Bob Oglesby's students recognized he is something special. The former owner of a mortgage company, Mr. Oglesby now teaches science at Bay Haven Charter Academy, and he doesn't do it quietly.
"He is a very noisy teacher, that is one thing that they say alot, but he is truly wonderful," said Assistant Principal Anne Manfredi. Students in Mr. Oglesby's classroom can barely contain their excitement over science. "I don't really believe in a quiet classroom, I believe in a very fun classroom, I tell everyone we learn by accident in here," said Oglesby.
On this particular afternoon, students are trying to stump each other with challenging review questions about cell biology. It's just one of many games and contests he uses to motivate them. "He makes learning a much more fun experience," said student Abby Tinsley. And if beating their classmates isn't enough: "They strive for hundreds in here because I give a pickle for a 100% We call it a perfect pickle for a perfect grade."
In his class there are three words never to be spoken: I don't know!" shouts the class. "When you learn, you make mistakes so the 3 forbidden words are "I don't know." We never say that in Mr. Oglesby's class...that gets a pop quiz!"
Something else you won't hear in his class: "He doesn't believe in lectures," said student Nima Mohammad. "Its true," says Oglesby. "We do lecture but it's done in a completely different way, highly interactive, lots of student involvement so they become part of the process instead of watching it."
Congratulations to Bob Oglesby, this week's Golden Apple Award-winning teacher. "I just love what I do now, it's the thrill of my life."