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9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors: How to Inspire and Motivate Anyone by Vincent D. O'Connell, Stephen E. Kohn

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CHAPTER 13

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Powerful Practice #8 of Really Great Mentors:

Identify and Leverage Teachable Moments

A teachable moment occurs at the point in time when learning a specific topic or idea becomes possible or easiest. The concept was popularized by Robert Havighurst in his 1952 book Human Development and Education. In the context of theories of enhancing learning, 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 ‘teachable moment.’ It is important ...

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