Based on the four dimensions of the C3 Framework Inquiry Arc, S.G., John, and I developed the Inquiry Design Model (IDM). Standards are helpful as they offer teachers curricular guideposts--the key markers that students need to hit. But standards are not the same thing as curriculum. So, we created IDM as a way for teachers to craft curriculum inquiries that promote inquiry-based teaching and learning.
Oriented around questions (compelling and supporting), tasks (formative and summative), and sources (primary and secondary), IDM reflects the central components of classroom inquiry through the use of a one-page blueprint. One impact of this approach is to offer a common vocabulary and a common architecture that teachers, teacher educators, and curriculum developers of all types can employ. Doing so offers these different groups opportunities to talk with one another rather than by one another.
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