Reflections on the C3

Personalized Learning in Inquiries?

In the field of education we have heard the term “personalized learning” quite often. The concept can be broken down into many different meanings and, in fact, there are whole cohorts in our district and nationwide dedicated to seeing the advancement of “PL” as they call it. In our district we have come up with […]

Reflections and the Inquiry Design Model

“Tell me and I [will] forget. Show me and I [will] remember. Involve me and I [will] understand.”—Xunzi (Chinese Philosopher) I have often heard this quote presented to me in many professional development teacher trainings to encourage me to involve my scholars in the learning process. Like any other teacher who wishes to make the […]

Gone Digital? Go Inquiry

I am a digital educator. I work daily at the computer and “see” my students through email, assignment submission, and our weekly face to face Zoom meetings to provide content and assistance.   The course is built into the LMS (Learning Management System) months before it is taught, possibly by someone other than me.   So how […]

Running Towards Inquiry

So, I am a runner.  This will make sense in just a few minutes.  I set goals, I schedule runs, I plan routes I am going to run, I decide if I want to do races, and then I go out and train for these races.  It’s all about that end result and pushing myself […]

Sparking Inquiry is the First Step: Here’s How DC Public School Teachers Sustain it

“But should people be free,” the teacher asked? “Remember, this is what I wanted you to think about throughout the Cornerstones.” I saw several students’ hands in the air as I sat in the back of Mr. Ramsey’s 8th grade U.S. history class at Cardozo education campus in northeast D.C . “Of course, Mr. Ramsey. People […]

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 […]

It Was All Going Smoothly Until…

It was all going smoothly until I got the call from my principal. “Mr. Davidson, you need to come retrieve your 7th grade students. Some of my elementary teachers are complaining.” “Well there goes that idea!” I thought. “See if I teach this inquiry again.” To provide some context, I teach 7th grade social studies […]

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 […]

Student Blogger: What Makes a Movement Successful?

This year my classes made the transition to inquiry-based learning—completing over twelve IDMs. I think that the IDM is such a useful tool for thinking about inquiry, not just teaching it. I decided to give my students the option of writing an IDM because I believe that my students can do it and be transformed […]

The Major Assessment Shifts in the C3

Assessment is a critical component of implementing the C3. While the C3 pushes us to instruct differently, it also pushes us to think differently on how we assess student learning. If we are supposed to engage students in the inquiry arc, what does it look like to assess student learning not only aligned to the […]