Classroom practice

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, […]

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 […]

Everybody can do inquiry

Everybody can do inquiry. Everybody does do inquiry. One time my 2-year-old daughter and I pulled up alongside a school bus and my daughter pointed to it and said “school bus.” I asked her “how do you know that’s a school bus?” She replied “it’s yellow.” She had used evidence—the yellowness of the bus—to communicate […]

C3 in a special education setting

This is the first in a two-part blog from special education teacher Lauren Burda with her social studies colleague Heather Vivan. Part two is available here.  As a high school special education teacher, I have grown to know, understand, and anticipate the diverse needs and challenges faced by my students. Understanding special education has allowed me to individualize my instruction and challenge my students to accomplish […]

Modifying sources and using scaffolds to support inquiry

This is the second in a two-part blog from special education teacher Lauren Burda with her social studies colleague Heather Vivan. Part one is available here.  With a basic understanding of the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Design Model (IDM), Heather and I were ready to try it out. We developed an inquiry on global trade routes and cultural diffusion […]

For All Ages: A Question’s Enduring Issue

The Inquiry Design Model – Conceptual Principles: Inquiry Begins with a question This one might seem obvious and we have certainly talked a great deal about questions within these many blog posts. I’ve talked about the importance of questioning more broadly and about crafting compelling questions that aren’t just interesting but are important to know. […]

Teaching Inquiry in My Three-Ring Circus

In my school, there are always a million acts to juggle with numerous priorities vying for attention. My school sometimes feels like three-ring circus, but I mean that in a good way. It’s is nestled in a “persistently low achieving” Title 1 school with a brand new interim principal, plenty of educational recovery specialists from the state, data […]

The Year of IDM: Coming Attractions

The Inquiry Design Model certainly was a significant part of my experience with the C3 Framework during 2015, but I believe 2016 is poised to be the year of IDM. Last week, we sent out an update on two big projects for the C3 Framework: the Inquiry Challenge and IDM Handbook. Additionally, C3Teachers and the […]

C3 and IDM in practice in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Inquiry is on the move in Winston-Salem North Carolina schools where teachers and students are making some sweet applications of the Inquiry Design Model – literally! Students in Rebecca Craps 5th grade classroom just completed an inquiry on the economics of chocolate and yes it came with the real thing. You can read more about this […]