Healthy Environments in Schools Action Team (HESAT)

Scenarios/Teachable Moments

Using real-life scenarios that occur on a regular basis are great teaching tools to help educate youth and help caregivers and professionals gain and understanding of how that youth may approach that scenario.  By playing “what if” games and playing out scenarios, as adults we can help better prepare youth for various situations in which they find themselves. Included are some sample scenarios and teachable moments that can be used as a general guide.  This is not an all-inclusive list of possible responses to a potential scenario, rather some areas to consider and routes in which to take when addressing various scenarios.

  • Teachable Moments (Welcoming Schools) : Teachable moments are opportunities to move one step closer to creating welcoming schools for all children and families. Here are some examples and what you can do when a teachable moment arises.
  • Teachable Moments-Students' Questions and Sample Responses (Welcoming Schools) : Educators need to be prepared to respond to questions from students. If students are met with silence when they ask questions, they will assume they have said something wrong. The resources below will help prepare you to answer students questions on these topics in a clear, age-appropriate way.
  • Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center : Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. We provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and abroad.

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