Unplugged Mom interviews Jan Irvin and Jarett Sanchez

The Trivium: The Concept and the Practical Application

By Laurette Lynn on Aug 22, 2011
Unplugged Mom Podcast brings you an exploration and introduction to the Trivium

Maybe you’ve heard the term “Teaching with the Trivium” or something similar but you’re just not quite sure what it means, where to start looking for answers or quite what it’s all about. Well, here’s your answer.

In this two-part series, I speak to two valuable teachers of the Trivium concept to bring you – my valued Unplugged Friends – an explanation and exploration of this conceptual method of critical thinking that we can begin to immediately apply to learning, living and thinking – making the world a better place! I’m a fan of trivium ideology – it’s Unplugged xtreme really because once you understand how to think critically and better separate the reality from the artificial BS out there – you simply can’t help but to begin living it!

First, I speak to Jan Irvin who is currently considered to be among the top-most experts on Trivium learning. Jan gives us a foundational understanding of the concept and some thought provoking examples of thinking more critically. You can learn more about Jan and the many awesome projects in which he is involved by visiting him at Gnostic media.


Then, I have the pleasure of discussing the trivium further with Jarett Sanchez, who is both a student and now teacher of the trivium method in critical thinking. Jarrett offers more thoughts to ponder and a reviewed explanation as well as some practical ways in which we can begin to apply better thinking, learning and living to our lives. You can learn more about Jarret as well as the trivium at The Trivium Binder or by checking out his podcast The Next Step Podcast.

It is important to realize that while many parents want to embrace a Trivium style to their home education endeavors – it is imperative that we first understand the conceptual foundation of critical thinking before we can really begin to pass it on to our kids. And the good news is that it’s easy, because once you learn to think – you won’t be able to help yourself and neither will your kids because they learn – as we know – by example! Learn more about the trivium by joining the guests of this series as well as me, yours truly, at the Learning the Trivium forum on Facebook. When you get there, tell em the Unplugged Mom sent ya

Listen up folks, because as I say… I am not here to tell you what to think – I am simply here to urge you to think! And here’s how…

Jarett Sanchez interview:



Original show notes on Unplugged Mom: http://www.unpluggedmom.com/featured/featured-podcasts/the-trivium-the-concept-and-the-practical-application/

  7 comments for “Unplugged Mom interviews Jan Irvin and Jarett Sanchez

  1. KMO
    May 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    The PodOMatic links are broken. The embedded players work, but I was hoping to download rather than stream.

    • May 29, 2012 at 3:16 am

      Hi KMO, why don’t we just do a show on this on your show? That makes more sense to me.

  2. Byrn Trism
    September 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Guys i think its worth your while to fix this. Many people only have timr to listen to this stuff on the go via iPods etc… Id love to download…

  3. Jeff Swanson
    January 16, 2013 at 12:32 am


    There is a download link on this page. Click the download link. Then right click the player and select download.

    • February 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks for the link. Lots of great material

  4. David Lowe
    September 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I wonder what is the golden ratio between the meteoric system and the standard system?

  5. David Lowe
    September 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    16.20 minutes into the second half of this recording and the sales pitch continues. You guys don’t understand me. I have no money. No income, no bills, no money. Where’s the meat? The practical application?

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