March 24, 2017

The “rule of three” is a time-honored pattern in literature, scripture, and advertising. I find that when I write, subconsciously I am often searching for that third example. Three seems more powerful than two or one. When I write, I ponder, type, and delete over and over.

A master teacher once taught me to conclude lessons by asking: “What did you learn? What did you do? How did you feel?” Recently lesson plans moved from a 5-point LEARN model to a 3-step lesson plan:  What, Why, How. This shift is intended to tighten instruction for more explicit teaching. What are we learning? Why are we learning this? How do we do it?

Today I was introduced to another Three: Know, Do, Be. What do I know? What will I do? What will I be? This group of 3 seems very powerful to me. It frames the idea that what I know affects what I do and how I walk in the world–what I will become. To me this is hopeful. This idea matters. This is worth all my daily effort. Knowing, Doing, Being. Another form for faith, hope, charity.
 

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5 comments on “March 24, 2017

  1. This post is food for thought. Now I am going to be looking for those threes!

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  2. I love how you included scripture. Know. Do. Be. That is what we need to carry out in our faith life, daily life, teaching life.

  3. johnrereads says:

    Yes yes yes
    i agree

    Was never a fan
    of the LEARN lesson plan model
    looked nice on the paper
    bit didn’t feel real
    felt clunky

  4. Alice Nine says:

    There is power in the three. I love the ones you mentioned. Some time ago, I wrote about them in literature, in writing and used the term pitchforking. It’s one of the tools to combine sentences. I hope it’s okay if I share that link here. Would love to hear your thoughts. http://alicenine.net/power-of-three/

  5. […] March 2017. Check out this post on the Power of Three not only for writing but also in teaching and in […]

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