Episode 84: Inquiry in Elementary Education

In Episode 84, Michael & Dan chat with Emma Thacker, Erin Casey, Katie Knapp, and Carly Muetterties about their work in the Social Studies and the Young Learner January/February issue “Elementary Lessons Using the C3 Framework.” Make sure to check out the show notes to links to their articles and amazing resources that are applicable for those who teach elementary school and beyond!

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Ep 84

Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. For more on the the C3 Framework
    1. Check out Episode 10: C3 Framework for Social Studies with Kathy Swan.
      1. We also had an episode on developing compelling questions! So check out Episode 72: Compelling Questions with Rebecca Mueller.
    2. Check out the C3 Framework for Social Studies guide from NCSS.
    3. Check out the C3 Teachers website.
    4. To check out already created inquiries (searchable by grade level!) check out the C3 Teachers page of inquiries!!
  2. The episode features authors from the Social Studies and the Young Learner January/February issue “Elementary Lessons Using the C3 Framework” which was edited by Emma Thacker!
  3. Thacker, E. (2018). Implementing K–6 Inquiries Together (Editor’s Notes) Social Studies and the Young Learner, 30(3), 2-3.
  4. Muetterties, C, & Haney J. (2018). How Did Slavery Shape My State? Using Inquiry to Explore Kentucky History Social Studies and the Young Learner, 30(3), 20-25.
    1. After reading the article, make sure to check out her IDMs!
      1. Kentucky Version of How Did Slavery Shape My State? IDM:  http://www.c3teachers.org/inquiries/slavery-shape-state/
      2. National version of How Did Slavery Shape My State? IDM (SPLC): https://www.tolerance.org/frameworks/teaching-hard-history/american-slavery/inquiry-design-models
  5. Knapp, K.A, & Hopkins, A. (2018). What’s the Buzz? A K–5 School Uses the C3 Framework. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 30(3), 9-13.
    1. This came up in the conversation regarding 3D printing
      1. Maloy, R., Trust, T., Kommers, S., LaRoche, I., & Malinowski, A. (2017). 3D modeling and printing in history/social studies classrooms: Initial lessons and insightsContemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 17(2), 229-249.
  6. Casey, E.M., Tobin, K.J., & Melissa Cruz (2018).Chanting about Citizenship: Using Arts Integration and the C3 Framework. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 30(3), 14 – 19.
    1. Edwards, C. P., Gandini, L., & Forman, G. E. (1998). The hundred languages of children: The Reggio Emilia approach–advanced reflections. Greenwich, Conn: Ablex Pub. Corp.


Dr. Emma Thacker is an assistant professor in the department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education at James Madison University. She teaches courses in elementary social studies education. Prior to being at James Madison, she was at Wake Forest University where she was a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of education for two years. Dr. Thacker taught high school social studies in central Kentucky before pursuing her Ph.D. and enjoys working with and learning from teachers and students. She can be emailed at thackees@jmu.edu.

Dr. Erin Casey is an assistant professor in Elementary Education at the School of Education at Louisiana State University. She has a diverse research and teaching background with major focuses in social studies, literacy, ESL, early childhood, and arts-integration practices. Some of her research is focused on educational practices in Belize. She started her current position at LSU after teaching for five years at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Before teaching in higher education, she was a bilingual kindergarten and 1st grade teacher in the Houston Independent School District for six years and a kindergarten teacher in Tangipahoa Parish School District for 2 years. She has served as a board member for the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators for two years. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education. She can be emailed at ecasey@lsu.edu.

Carly Muetterties is a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky, working on a Ph.D. in Education Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction, focus on social studies. Her research interests relate to world history, inquiry, and civic participation. She has had the opportunity to work on projects with the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and most recently, had a fellowship with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program. She currently is the managing editor of C3Teachers.org, the companion site to the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Before all of this, she taught high school social studies at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky, including courses in the International Baccalaureate program. She can be emailed at carly.muetterties@uky.edu. As she is the managing editor at C3Teachers.org, you can also connect with her through the C3 Teachers Twitter account of through the C3 Teachers Facebook page!

Dr. Katie Knapp is currently an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education department at Kent State University.  She earned a BA in Music at Marietta College, attended graduate school in Divinity at Harvard University, earned an M.Ed. in Education from The Ohio State University, and received a license in teaching grades 1-8 in Ohio before landing at Kent State where she attained a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Social Studies Education. Prior to that, she taught in the public schools for almost 10 years as an elementary and middle school teacher.  She can be emailed at Knapp@kent.edu.

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