What is a teachable moment? A teachable moment is a natural educational opportunity that comes unplanned where a teacher, parents or caregivers have the chance to offer some insight/teach something.
Why is this important to know? As a teacher, parent or caregiver is important to pay attention to these moments as they are when the child or student will be able to learn the “lesson” better. Teachable moments maximize the impact of the learning experience, because the child/student is more aware or responsive to learn. Teachable moments are spontaneous, natural, easier and immediate. The child is LIVING the VALUE of a lesson!
What can I teach? The lesson could be a skill, a value, information, a moral value, about the world, about their bodies, about relationships, or even how to deal with emotions. Anything!
Where can you have a teachable moment? At home, walking in the park, at the shopping mall, in the car… ok you get it, anywhere!
What to do? Observe, follow your child’s lead, and be aware of situations where they are struggling or maybe values or skills you want your child to learn because you consider them important.
Examples of real situations that can turn into a teachable moment
- Grocery shopping could become a teachable moment for health and nutrition.
- Kids arguing about a toy could become a teachable moment for sharing/disagreement.
- You finish drinking a soda is a good opportunity to talk about recycling.
- Put on your seatbelt and teach them about responsibility and self-care.
- Having trouble with fractions? Order pizza!!
Chances are that if you are a parent, teacher, older sibling, aunt, uncle, older cousin, grandparent, or godparent, you have taught a child something at some point. You probably took advantage of a teachable moment a thousand times and you didn’t even know!!
It has been said that if the child asks about it, they are ready to learn about it!
What teachable moment have you experienced lately?