Article Link: http://exchangepress.com/article/the-unteachable-moment-lessons-from-the-neuroscience-of-stress-conflict-and-misbehavior/5022148/I become an agent of change only to the degree that I begin to live to help things go right rather than simply to correct things that are going wrong.
â€" The Arbinger Institute (2006)
Excellent, effective educators often notice and tap into the teachable moment â€" that magical time when something unexpected happens and an unplanned, but fabulous opportunity arises to share a new insight or to guide Âchildren in exploration or discovery. A second path to Âeffective teaching â€" and parenting â€" especially of young Âchildren, lies in honing our ability to also recognize the unteachable moment, when tempers and emotions run hot and things seem to erupt out of control. A conventional behavior intervention perspective might see this as an opportunity to highlight the consequences of inappropriate behavior and teach new skills. Neuroscience research offers a more nuanced perspective and sheds light on Âstrategies for a more responsive approach.
The Behavioral ABCs
If you speak when angry, youâ€™ll make the best speech youâ€™ll ever regret.
â€" Groucho Marx (1954)
Perhaps youâ€™ve been part of a scene like this: two children tug on the same block. You offer a kind word about taking turns. Child A stops and, perhaps a bit reluctantly, lets go. ...