Inquiry springs to life!
The Arkansas Inquiry Toolkit provides teachers with access to curriculum materials opportunities to learn more about using inquiry in Arkansas social studies classrooms. The instructional materials available here feature the Inquiry Design Model, an innovative approach to teaching and learning emphasizing teacher knowledge and expertise. The Toolkit project was funded by the Arkansas Department of Education.
The inquiries published in the Arkansas Inquiry Toolkit were built using the Inquiry Design Model and feature a blueprint overview of how the inquiry might be taught as well as the sources needed to implement in the classroom. All of the inquiries support Arkansas social studies practices aligned with Dimensions 1, 3, and 4 of C3 Framework as well as specific content standards found in the Arkansas Social Studies Curriculum Framework. Although the inquiries align with standards, they are not intended to be comprehensive content units, nor are they intended to be a series of prescribed lesson plans. They are intended to serve as pedagogically rich examples content and skills built out in inquiry-based fashion.
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Arkansas teachers are working together to learn more about the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Design Model. These professional development materials feature PowerPoint slide decks that are organized around the C3 and the three parts of the Inquiry Design Model (IDM™) – Questions, Tasks, and Sources. The four slide decks available here are annotated to provide facilitators with the information they need to conduct the professional learning activities.
This slide deck introduces the Arkansas Social Studies Resource Toolkit and Professional Development project and is the first set of slides in this professional development series.
This slide deck is the second in the professional development series. These slides introduce the first component of IDM focused on questions. IDM is the basis for the construction and presentation of the inquiries that make up the Arkansas Toolkit. In these slides:
These slides introduce the second component of the IDM dealing with tasks. IDM features a variety of performance tasks that provide students with opportunities for learning and provide teachers with multiple opportunities to evaluate what students know and are able to do.
These slides introduce the third component of IDM about sources. IDM features sources as the primary means by which students encounter social studies content and practice the skills needed to learn that content.
This video series provides teachers with an introduction to the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Design Model. The first in our series was recorded in 2015 and focuses on the Cs Framework. The videos were filmed in the studios of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and are available through the ideas network at AETN as online courses at https://ideaslms.aetn.org/ (account required). The titles of these courses are as follows.
SSC15052 Foundations for C3 Inquiry and The Inquiry Design Model (IDM): Part One
A PDF with PPT slides from this course are available below
Work on the Toolkit project began in the summer of 2015 with professional learning activities and the development of a video series for helping teachers learn more about the C3 Framework and Inquiry Design Model. That work continued into 2016 with the addition of a Teacher Collaborative Council focused on building inquiries and related professional development and implementation materials for teachers in Arkansas. The first set of inquiries were published in spring 2017. Work continues on the Toolkit project to develop additional inquiries and for teachers to share about their experiences through our Arkansas blog series.