(4 customer reviews)

Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D.
Core Area: Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.3, Instruction 2.5, Learning Environment 3.3
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.25

One of the things we all want as teachers is to help our students become thinkers. In this brief lesson from our Essentials series, Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., identifies easy-to-implement ways to help students pay attention to their “aha” moments, which she defines as “the wonderful connections their minds are making.”   


We all have “aha” moments multiple times a day, but how often do we take the time to stop, notice, and learn from them? Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., has found that helping students pay attention to their “aha” moments — which she defines as “the wonderful connections their minds are making” — enables them to become thinkers and gain new learning in the classroom. 

In this brief lesson from our Essentials series, you will learn:

  • What an “aha” moment is, with examples of some of the “aha” moments Dr. Juntune’s own students have had
  • Practical, easy-to-implement ideas for helping students pay attention to their “aha” moments and leverage them for deeper learning
  • Detailed tips on implementation
  • The best ways to bring Dr. Juntune’s ideas into your classroom

Presenter Bio

Dr. Joyce Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. She has focused the majority of her career on the areas of intelligence and gifted and talented education. Dr. Juntune has served as the executive director for the National Association for Gifted Children and the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University. 

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4 reviews for Essentials for Teaching – Leveraging Aha Moments in the Classroom

  1. Timothy – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)


  2. Kenna – Texas A&M University (verified owner)

    This was a short quick course, but had good information in it. I never thought too much about Aha moments, but now I will consider them more.

  3. Kim – Morgan Local Schools (verified owner)

    This course was not as good as the others, because the quality of the recording made it difficult to understand the content.

  4. Daisy – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    Good suggestions!

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