The Power of Teachable Moments Dr. Dennis Demuth Superintendent
One of the most powerful teaching opportunities is what educators call “teachable moments.” These are unplanned opportunities to speak into the very heart of a student. These moments could happen any time and any place. It is during these real life moments that students are more willing and receptive to receive life changing instruction.
The Great Parent Command
Deu. 6:6 contains the Great Parent Command and relates to teachable moments: “And these words which I am commanding you this day, shall be in your own minds and hearts; then you shall sharpen them so as to make them penetrate , and teach and impress them diligently upon the minds and hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house (classroom) and when you walk by the way (in the hallways) and when you lie down (sit at your desks, or on a bench on the playground or at a table) and when you rise up.” (Amplified with school translation)
“In local Parentis” is the legal doctrine under which we as teachers assume parental rights, duties, and obligations without going through the formalities of legal adoption. Thus, the parent command given in Deu. 6 carries over to us who have been given parental responsibilities for the 6 to 7 hours children are under our care.
Maximize Teachable Opportunities
Jesus is the best example of a person who maximized teachable moments, whether it was while standing on the side of a hill, in a boat, at a well, in church, in a house, on a walkway or standing on the seashore.
Going Beyond the Curriculum
Teachable moments need to go beyond curriculum related opportunities and toward life changing impartation of the uncompromised Word of God. I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to foster an increased sensitivity to teachable moments that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention.
The release of the Holy Spirit upon our students has created hundreds of teachable moments to focus on the purpose of this out-pouring and the purpose of the Holy Spirit. Consider the following:
- Getting God’s creative ability to flow (Gal 5:22-23).
- Quickening our understanding (1 Cor. 2:9-15; Isa. 11:3)
- Causing old things to pass away (1 Cor. 5:17)
- Facilitating teaching and making learning happen (1 John 2:20-27)
- Transmitting the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:30)
- Receiving the thoughts of God (Col. 2:3; 1 Cor. 2:10)
- Revealing hidden secrets (Col. 1:27)
- Teaching all things (John 14:26)
- Guiding into all truth (John 16:13)
- Doing abundant things (Eph. 5:10)
- Restoring Joy (Ps 51:22)
- Encouraging us to exercise power over rulers of darkness (Eph. 6:12)
- Convicting of righteousness and Judgment (John 16:8)
- Helping us over reproach (1 Pet. 4:14)
- Reinforcing freedom from bondage (Rom. 8:5)
- Directing and forbidding actions (Acts 13:2; 16:7)
- Gives us grace to succeed (2 Cor.1:12)
- Protects and strengthens us (Isa. 41:10-11 and
- Helps us pray when we just can’t (Rom. 8:26)
We need to make the most out of the teachable moments the Holy Spirit provides to see the above items accomplished in the lives of our students.
Volume 2, Issue 19 April 2010