Help Your Teacher Help You

As a student, you appreciate a knowledgeable teacher—but sometimes teachers come with an abundance of information. On the other side of things, maybe you are a teacher who has seen your students glaze over—and then scrambled to determine where you lost them and how to get them back up to speed. Add another species to the mix (dog, cat, bird, horse) and the potential for students and teachers to be overwhelmed is, well, overwhelming. With the right tools, students and teachers can regulate information, reduce stress, and have more fun learning to train and compete with animals.

In the first part of the presentation, Theresa will focus on “Super Teacher Syndrome.” We will discuss how and why overload occurs, and take a closer look at “Super Teacher Syndrome” and the challenge of editing years of education and experience into beginner-friendly bites.

Next, Theresa will cover the 10 practical ways to help your teacher deliver information at an optimal pace for you. And, just in case you encounter a stubborn case of over-coaching, she will discuss how to take on the task of parsing incoming information and creating your own focus points.

Please note: This Session was recorded in 2017; content presented in 2018 may vary slightly.  

Theresa McKeon

After more than 30 years as a national-level gymnastics coach, Theresa was determined to find a way to speed up skill acquisition for her athletes while simultaneously decreasing stress and fear in the learning environment. Her search for behaviorally sound techniques, clean instructions, and the proper timing of feedback and reinforcement, led to the development of the TAGteach methodology. Theresa teamed with Joan Orr, Beth Wheeler, and Aaron Clayton and Karen Pryor of Karen Pryor Clicker Training, to found TAGteach International, LLC.

Since then, TAGteach has evolved into an entire teaching protocol benefiting an endless variety of human applications. The success of the methodology has been accented by the wide range of applications embracing it. Theresa now consults and designs TAGteach programs in business management, industrial safety, medical and surgical training, sport coaching, family communication, and, of course, training for those who teach people to train their companion animals. She is a sought-after speaker around the world, including in Europe, the U.K., Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.