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The Trying Trio

Trying Trio

In place of undesirable behaviors, teachers should encourage and reinforce desirable behaviors. Three desirable behaviors form what we call the "Trying Trio": admitting ignorance, taking risks, and making mistakes. These behaviors are desirable because they catalyze learning. Learners who confront their ignorance and actively experiment with answers and strategies will learn faster than learners who conceal their ignorance and only passively observe.

Buchanan, K., & Cook, P. (Winter 2011-2012). Playing the Believing Game with Dr. Seuss and reluctant learners. The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, 17: 31-41.

I was inspired to use a triangle for this visualization by the Safe Zone symbol, the pyramid for Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and the pyramid for Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. All are relevant when fostering a Trying Trio climate.

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The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. -Elbert Hubbard (more quotes)

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