Author of the C3 Standards, S.G. Grant spoke today at our SCDN meeting in Albany and shared, "Social Studies has too long been about facts and dates. It's now time to think."
New C3 Social Studies Standards are operating under an "Arc of Inquiry" and want teachers to frame their lessons around questions which engage the learner. The official site puts it this way:
"The Four Dimensions highlighted below center on the use of questions to spark
curiosity, guide instruction, deepen investigations, acquire rigorous content, and
apply knowledge and ideas in real world settings to become active and engaged
citizens in the 21st century."
The four new SS dimensions shout…"'Want to come to the library for an Inquiry Investigation?
Sounds a bit like the Common Core to me….
Be sure to investigate your own state's SS Standards to see whether they were recently updated to embrace national C3 new standards.