A Recipe for Success

Last fall the TPS Eastern Region program offered an online Professional Development Course for teachers, librarians, and educators from museums and nonprofit organizations, Designing C3 Inquiries with Library of Congress Political Cartoons. We have been teaching similar PD courses with a different content focus since 2011.  This year yielded the best ever participant inquiries and […]

C3 Hawai’i: Making Our Social Justice Education Mission Explicit

In 1916, John Dewey wrote, “As a society becomes more enlightened, it realizes that it is responsible not to transmit and conserve the whole of its existing achievements, but only such as make for a better future society. The school is its chief agency for the accomplishment of this end” (Dewey, 1916, p. 20). From […]

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 […]

Navigating the C3 Framework

Just like most veteran social studies teachers find, I am always looking for that hook to get my students engaged. Although I have my basket of tricks, I am constantly looking for new ideas, approaches, activities, and resources that will ignite a passion in my students. This is one of my dilemmas. Over the years, […]

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 […]

Can an inquiry help save an historic site?

After working as a member of the Teacher Collaborative Council for the New York State Social Studies Toolkit Project, I was inspired to become actively involved with the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot. This organization is dedicated to saving a vital supply depot in the American Revolution from commercial development and preserving the site for […]

Silver Linings – Getting Informed

It has been a year since my last post Do We Always Have to March on Washington and wow, time has flown. The C3 has really taken root in DCPS and in future posts I will share these exciting transformations. Since the election, there has been a lot of coverage of various protests by adults […]

“Did we overcome racism yet?”: Our experiences with inquiry and taking informed action.

Russell McBride & Jeremy Thomas Between the election, Black Lives Matter, and the other problems facing the United States and the world right now, our students are exposed to lots of differing views on issues. One approach we’ve used to deal with this has been to present students with a current event each day and ask […]

Can I do anything besides reading documents for Formative Performance Tasks?

In the summer of 2015 I worked on a summer curriculum project for my school district to design a C3 Inquiry lesson for US History curriculum. I’ll admit I was apprehensive about the amount of time in the classroom it seemed like these lessons would take, because as an APUSH teacher our pacing goal is […]

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 […]