Thursday, March 19, 2009

Introducing TAGteach to Fishermen Part 6

An ongoing account of TAGteach introductions, triumphs and tribulations!
Chapter 5 of
TAGteach, Parrots and the Men from the Bering Sea!

Tagging the Table

By the afternoon, I thought the class was really starting to understand the TAGteach concepts and the benefits of delivering clear information and positive reinforcement.
Later that evening, I was sure of it.

While half sitting, half leaning on those cozy casino stools provided for those of us who station ourselves at nickel slot machines, I heard a louder than normal ruckus coming from the nearby roulette table.

Intrigued enough to leave my chance at nickel fortune; I found the guys from the Seafisher gathered tightly around the roulette wheel and table. Phil, yelled out, “Theresa, watch this!”
He showed me the tagger and started chanting to the roulette dealer…
“Click it, tip it…click it, tip it…click it, tip it”
The dealer just looked up a me with a big Cheshire grin.

They had been telling the dealer about TAGteach during the night’s gaming and jokingly told the dealer that every time they won, he would hear a tag (click) and that would mean a tip was coming for him. The dealer played along and soon everyone was clicking and tipping and laughing about the whole thing.

All of the laughter brought a bit of attention from the other casino customers and also produced a few security guards. Nothing illegal or suspect, just seventeen large burly fishermen chanting and making clicking noises at the roulette table…

The guys and the dealer explained to the security guards that all was quite well; they were just practicing positive reinforcement that they had learned about in a training seminar.

Although positive reinforcement can’t make a little ball fall into the desired slot of a roulette wheel, the dealer was rewarded when it did. Interesting concept…can one reinforce fate?

I told you these guys were brilliant!


Monday, March 16, 2009

New Level II TAGteacher: Maggie Ouillette

I would like to introduce the newest TAGteacher to achieve the Level II certification status, Margaret (Maggie) Ouillette.

Maggie has been diligently practicing her TAGteach skills with many clients and introducing TAGteach to volunteers at a local humane society shelter.

Here is an excerpt from her project:
“My level II certification project involves volunteers at the local humane society shelter. The organization has recently introduced a training program for dogs awaiting adoption. Volunteers work with the dogs at the shelter each evening. The goal of the program is to reduce the dogs’ stress levels by getting them out of their kennels and teaching them basic behaviors such as loose leash walking, object targeting (go to place, push easy button, use a doggy nail file). The volunteers use clicker training/Operant conditioning techniques to train the dogs. After reading the training logs and viewing video footage of the training, I noticed that the techniques were sometimes being applied incorrectly. Because the program is new, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to get incoming volunteers off on the right foot by using TAGteach to train them.”
You can see Maggie’s project journal by going to the TAGteach Yahoo group and then links.
Congratulations Maggie and thank-you for all of your hard work!
TAGteach International
Photo from Maggie:
"What I love about the photo is how the person in black is holding her right hand.
A previous tag point was... non clicker hand to post it. The post it is gone, they're working on a different tag point, but her hand is totally plastered to her leg! TAGteach, I love it!"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

TAGteach Overseas!!

TAGteach fans -As we are back from a second successful trip to Japan, here's a quick reminder that we have two more very exciting overseas TAGteach certification seminars coming up…please feel free to cross post.

TAGteach International announces upcoming Certification Seminars
Madrid, Spain on the 18th and 19th of April
This seminar will be given in English and translated into Spanish

Balmberg, Switzerland on the 9th and 10th of May
This seminar will be given in English and translated into German andFrench

Guaranteed to change the way you look at teaching and learning!
TAGteach is proven to accelerate learning and improve communication
TAGteach builds positive, focused communication and self-assessmentskills
TAGteach can help you to motivate even the toughest group
TAGteach is a technology universally applicable and beneficial to any population

You can register at
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