Model Lessons

Claire Arcenas, Physical Education teacher at Graded-American School of São Paulo, introduces her 8th grade students to a Visible Thinking Routine called Chalk Talk before their Volleyball unit.

Mark Engstrom. 8th grade Geography teacher and Assistant Principal at Graded- The American School of São Paulo, has redesigned his entire course.

Students move through the modules of this blended learning course on Geography at their own pace.  They build out content knowledge using a Personalized Map (through google maps) and the content delivered through this Digital Learning Farm method will be curated so that they can build out multiple pins on their map.  This content is then used as content knowledge to increase their understanding of the region.
He wanted to experiment with a different type of note taking to add to students’ documentation of gaining subject specific content knowledge.


David Jorgensen’s 8th Grade Humanities class at Graded, the American School of São Paulo, is working collaboratively to solve a Mystery Skype. Learn about the different roles the students assume to figure out the geographic location of their Skype partners.


David Jorgenson, a 7th Grade Humanities teacher from Graded, The American School of São Paulo, uses a Share Out Round and an annotation chart to share questions, inferences, rituals as his students read the book by Lois Lowry. “The Giver”


Shannon Hancock’s 8th Grade Humanities class discusses Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist in a Socratic Seminar. A backchannel adds another layer to the discussion and documentation.



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