Only four people and one guess each

I’m trying an experiment with the “Agile Attitudes” material: I posted a trope on the RTP ALN Slack Channel and asked the community to tell me what kind of trope they thought it was.

Ideally, some will identify the particular trope the image exemplifies. It’s obvious example of irony.

Having said that, I don’t care what they say; I care whether they say anything at all.

This is a “barrier to entry” test.

To detect and act on “Agile Attitudes,” people need to have a basic understanding of a set of critical tools — these tools make up a kind of “Knowing English grammar so they can learn the Russian language” kind of understanding. Without this foundation, people will hit “the plateau.”

Teaching this material “conversationally,” history shows that the learner will understand how a trope points to a dramatic category, and possibly how the dramatic category points to a coaching strategy, when it’s pointed out to them. They won’t be able to it for themselves.

So, to be able to use these skills, I have reason to think that I need to teach it “grammatically.”

Like the “Teaching Russian Problem,” both paths lead to a teaching failure.

Identifying and acting on attitudes involves identifying tropes used by the team.

Once identified, the coach places those tropes into a framework that suggests a dominant attitude. From there, you need to take an action to try to shift the attitude from where you think it is to where you want it to be.

It’s not easy to learn. It’s harder still to master.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be ever able to convince people to learn it “grammatically.” The effort will be too great with too few initial rewards.

People are busy; and, today, we’re impatient. We’re used to getting things quickly. Frequently, we need them quickly.

So, I’ve thrown a challenge out there to the ALN community. If they apply themselves to the question, they will eventually reach the conclusion that the team using this trope is likely dominantly satirical. This is, by far, the hardest attitude to coach toward a comedic, or learning, stance.

My guess is, given a fairly simple and bounded task — with a one in four chance of getting it right by guessing — no one will make the effort.

It’s not a critique of the people. It’s just a description of the dilemma and a lot of experience facing it.



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