Why Triad?

One of the greatest benefits of implementing the Enrichment Triad Model in your classroom is that it provides every student with the opportunity to shine. Triad allows students to experience feelings of success when they develop expertise in their topic area. A quote from a grade four Triad student best explains the impact Triad has: “I cannot put into words how I felt inside when I was an expert. Words cannot describe”.

To provide students the opportunity to experience this feeling of success, the teacher must cease to be the only giver of information and allow students to have more independence in their learning. In Triad classrooms, students work together with the teacher to make contributions to their learning community, and students collaborate and share their learning and discoveries. A Triad school, has a great sense of community as students of all ages become curious about one another’s Triad activities and what they have learned thus far. Triad not only develops a sense of teamwork within the class, but school-wide as well.

Triad allows students to learn about topics, themes, and issues that are not included in the regular curriculum, thereby expanding their knowledge. Triad helps to create democratic citizens and has the potential to empower students to recognize that they can influence their life experience, their community, and their world through a lifetime dedicated to critical learning and democratic social transformation.  Students are given the opportunity to question and critique what they are learning and be participatory subjects in learning, rather than passive objects of learning. 

Within Triad, students have the opportunity to learn time-management, planning, and self-evaluation. Students are given a designated amount of time to complete an IRP and their celebration date is fixed. Students need to develop a plan to ensure they have time to complete tasks and have the opportunity to produce high quality work. Self-evaluation is very important in Triad and students have the opportunity to self-assess their work on a continual basis. Students self-assess the quality of the information they have found, their written speech, and how they are doing in developing the product they have envisioned. Over the course of the IRP, students also have the opportunity to assess the quality of their information or book, their title page, summary, questions, and product.