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March 2017 Tech/PBL Teacher

Tech/PBL Teachers For The Month Of March


     Mrs. Mindy Oster, 5th grade teacher at Ramirez Burks Elementary, has been chosen as one of the Tech/PBL teachers for the month of March. Mrs. Oster is from Cotulla and this is her second year of teaching. 

     Mrs. Oster recently had her class complete a PBL titled, “Bill of Rights.” The driving question for the PBL was, “As historians, how can we create a lesson and lesson plan to teach the Bill of Rights to 3rd graders?” 

     After students learned about the Constitution, they began to learn about the Bill of Rights and how it affects their lives today. Students individually researched different amendements for their groups and took notes to be included for their project. They then worked together to create their presentation. The presentations required a lesson plan template to be filled out and a presentation that would explain each amendment in 3rd grade terms and explain why it matters today. Students used online resources such as Brittanica School Online and Online Textbooks. 

     Mrs. Oster’s students then visited Mrs. Murdoch’s 3rd grade Social Studies classes and presented their projects, which included posters, coloring books, books, songs and even a Spongebob Squarepants themed iMovie. 


     Pre-K teachers Gina Gonzalez & Elizabeth Garcia have also been chosen as Tech/PBL teachers for the month of March. 

     Ms. Gina Gonzalez has been teaching 11 years and Mrs. Elizabeth Garcia has been teaching for 8 years. 

     They recently had their Pre-K students work on a PBL titled, “Farm Animals.” Their driving question was: “How can we, as farmers, help our friends know the importance of farm animals?”

     Students worked on dioramas at home and brought them to class to present to their classmates. Students then worked in groups to research a farm animal. They answered questions in Educreations using their iPads and then presented their findings to the class. 

     Students were also able to visit a ranch where they interacted with real farm animals they had learned about in class.