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Project Triangle: Teacher Edition

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You’re probably familiar with the project triangle “good, fast, or cheap?”.


If you want something to cheap and good, it can’t be done quickly. Fast and cheap, it won’t be good. It won’t be cheap if it’s good and fast.

I used graph jam to try to create a teacher’s version of this triangle.


My thinking, is that you can’t have critical thinking and coverage (getting through tons of standards) without it being expensive (having students stay at school until 5 pm or do Saturday work). Coverage and cost efficiency usually means you don’t have opportunities for critical thinking – looking at student-centered questions over a period of time and letting students grow through struggle. Critical thinking and cost efficiency seem to clash with coverage – it is hard to cover many standards at a deep level without spending a lot of time and money.

Do you agree with this diagram? Where do NCLB or other policies fit? Coverage and cost efficiency at the expense of critical thinking?

Check out more of my graphs here.


Written by TeacherC

11 March 2009 at 8:01 pm

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  1. Love the teacher version. Clever. A lot of time spent in the “null” section.

    Travis Wittwer

    12 March 2009 at 12:11 am

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