Some Teaching Wisdom

This is Brad writing, and I wanted to talk about the process I see learners go through when encountering new games, ideas, or tools. The rule of threes seems to appear in the course of learning new things.

Typically, when the new material is encountered, the first phase is to fail and find the boundaries and the feeling of going through the process to understand how the pieces or process even works. People like to look something over before they step into it for a ride.

The second phase is the competence round. The learners have gotten a sense for the process, rules, or notion, and they’re standing on their own two feet in the middle of this new thing. They are sitting in the drivers seat with their seatbelt on and mirrors checked.

The third phase is the confidence round. The rules, process, or notion have become familiar and habitual, and the learners are entering into a flow. This is the point where real bona-fide play begins to happen. They’ve put the pedal to the metal, the top is down, and it’s a sunny day on an open highway.

I think knowing this process puts even more importance on ‘having to fail’. If you never fail, you’ll never get to that point where you’re cruising, confident, and playful. Teachers, let your students do something new at least three times. So fail fast and fail often on the road to confidence everybody!!

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