Friday, September 28, 2018

Iowa Teacher Softchalk Lessons Chosen as Lesson of the Week

Congratulations to Doug Mossengren, high school Science teacher from Van Buren Schools  and Wendy Arch, high school  Language Arts teacher from Indianola High School whose Softchalk lessons were chosen as Softchalk's Lesson of the Week.

Each week Softchalk selects a stand out, top notch, lesson from SoftChalk Share and features it across their social media platforms. SoftChalk Share is an Open Education Resource (OER), learning object repository with thousands of free learning materials created by educators.

In Dougs's lesson, "Species Concept", students learn about different species concepts including ecological, evolutionary and phylogenetic. They also learn about the issues with the various concepts and why we don't know the exact number of spec.  See Dougs's Lesson:

Wendy's lesson, "Figurative Language Review", discusses how authors use figurative language to reveal the hidden meanings embedded in the words and phrases used to write their stories. Students learn to define and identify examples of similes, metaphors, personification, imagery, and symbolism..  See Wendy's lesson:


Doug and Wendy learned how to use Softchalk and best practices about lesson design in the Blending/Flipping Your Classroom Cohort professional development. Learn more about this professional development at ( 

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