Remember that time you had a sudden, inspired insight or understanding, an epiphany that instantly moved you forward in a quantum leap?
That’s what we create at White Stag Camp. We create learning experiences that are deliberately outside their comfort zone.
These kinds of epiphanies have been described as a “teachable moment.” But because we believe the focus is on the learner, not the teacher, we’ll call them a “learnable moment.”
A learnable moment
A “learnable moment” is a moment that brings clarity to your thinking. It is:
- An instant in which the solution to a problem becomes clear.
- A moment of sudden insight or discovery.
- A moment of clarity when you gain sudden insight or wisdom.
Primed for growth
Learnable moments are usually a powerful experience because the individual has been primed to accept a new idea or concept. They become a memorable event for an individual. They often have an emotional as well as an intellectual impact.
Sometimes learnable moments are described as an “Aha moment.” Oprah Winfrey has made the phrase somewhat famous in her interviews with celebrities who have gone through life-changing experiences. Merriam-Webster added “Aha moment” to its dictionary in 2012, defining it as “”a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.”
A learnable moment is a unique, high interest situation that motivates the individual to actively engage and seek resolutions for issues and problems.
The concept of a learnable moment was popularized by Robert Havighurst in his 1952 book, Human Development and Education. In the context of education theory, Havighurst explained:
A developmental task is a task which is learned at a specific point and which makes achievement of succeeding tasks possible. When the timing is right, the ability to learn a particular task will be possible. This is referred to as a “learnable moment.” It is important to keep in mind that unless the time is right, learning will not occur. Hence, it is important to repeat important points whenever possible so that when a student’s learnable moment occurs, he can benefit from the knowledge.Robert Havighurst, Human Development and Education