Posts by Carly Muetterties

Social Studies and Statues

Unless you have isolated yourself from all forms of media (or human interaction), you have seen the topic of historical memory being discussed, specifically within the context of Confederate monuments. Though I don’t generally shy away from political discussions, I usually keep mum on social media. I would much rather discuss these things in-person. When […]

Bridled Learning: Grabbing the Reins Through Inquiry

For my fourth summer, I spent the last six weeks teaching with Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program. I’ve written about my past summers in previous posts. (“Practicing Citizenship,” “Acting Like a Citizen,” “Being C3Minded…”). What makes this program special for a teacher is that it is a highly competitive academic program, but once accepted, the scholars […]

Stay Intellectually Curious this Summer with C3-Minded Podcasts

Now that summer is here, the pressures of the school year are alleviated, at least partially. I can finally tackle my to-read pile! Though as a sufferer of tsundoku—a Japanese word meaning I have a problem with buying books that stack up, but not reading them—the stack of books will likely remain pretty high. One […]

Letting Students Wrestle with Inquiry Writing

“Only by wrestling with the conditions of the problem at first hand, seeking and finding his own way out, does he think.” John Dewey (1914)   I’ve often heard Kathy Swan use this quote when she has talked to teachers or students about the inquiry process.   If you peruse the C3 Teachers site for more […]

Embracing Stupidity

Being a student again is a humbling experience. It reminds me of one of my favorite jokes from comedian Mike Birbiglia: “When I was younger and would make mistakes I would say, ‘well, I was young and stupid.’ Now all I can say is ‘I’m stupid.’” Feeling like you don’t understand something can be incredibly […]

The Sweet Spot: The In-Between of Taking Informed Action

Since joining the C3Teacher team, I have written a lot of blog posts about the Taking Informed Action piece. I became a teacher for a love of the content, but my passion has increasingly become the way social studies can empower students to act. In the last couple months, being an engaged citizen has taken […]

C3 Next Steps: Hubs and Exchange

During the National Council for Social Studies’ Annual Conference in Washington, DC, the C3 team held two meetings at the National Museum of the American Indian. Here, we met with strategic partners to discuss the C3 Hubs and the C3 Exchange, respectively. This is an important next step for C3 Teachers. We are not only […]

The Limits of Inquiry

One thing the C3 Teacher team hears over and over when we introduce IDM to teachers is how they like the idea of it, but think they can only use it for certain classes: only advanced levels or for older grades or for one well-behaving class versus another, etc. Whatever qualification you want to use […]

Talking With, At, and For Each Other: Fostering Civil Civic Discourse

Whenever I have introduced a class debate to my students, there are two standard audible reactions: the low, drawn-out “Yeeeeeesssss” and the equally drawn-out, but more defeated-sounding, grown. “I’m going to win!” “This is going to turn into a fight” “I want to be on her side. She’s good at arguing with people.” But I […]

Acting Like a Citizen: Beyond the Voting Booth

Recently, I clicked a link on my Facebook feed that said it was a list of easy ways to de-stress your life. Seemed like a good idea for me. Nothing on there was too unexpected, but many of them I refuse to do. One was to give up coffee. No. Another non-negotiable was the suggestion […]