TAGteach is Teaching with Acoustical Guidance. It's a revolutionary teaching and coaching method that gives you the tools to simplify your instructions, use fewer words and get better, faster results. TAGteach empowers you to teach the way your students need to be taught, with clear goals, immediate feedback from a sound marker and success at each step.
"TAGteach is going to change the way I teach for the rest of my career. Without a doubt I would recommend this training to everybody. I like that I don’t have to correct them every time. The students are self-correcting because they either hear the tag or they don’t, which is where the true learning happens."Cheryl Anderson - Director of Instruction, Mike Bender Golf Academy, 2006 National LPGA Teacher of the Year
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"TAGteach worked for me because I could mark the exact point I need my students to feel in my lessons. My students quickly associated the tag with what I was trying to get them to understand in their technique. It made my instructions that much more effective.”Chad Smith, USPTA Tennis Coach
Applying the principles of TAGteach will help you to:
Here is elite level professional golf instructor, Cheryl Anderson, to tell you why TAGteach has forever changed the way she teaches (and she was hugely successful at it already!) and why she recommends TAGteach for everyone:
"It's very easy as an instructor to want to share our knowledge with the student, but sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other. So it's helpful to focus on those few vital things that that person really needs in that hour that you have their time."Cheryl Anderson - Director of Instruction, Mike Bender Golf Academy, 2006 National LPGA Teacher of the Year
TAGteach is based on the principles of behavior science and provides a clear, structured way to apply the laws of learning to get the most from your teaching. TAGteachers use a sound marker (a click sound from a mechanical tagger) to tell the student "Yes, that was right".
Here is an example of a part of a golf lesson with Cheryl Anderson. The student has a tag point that tells him what he needs to do to hear the tag sound. He must have his wrists in a certain position at top of the back swing at a particular point. If he gets it right, he hears the tag from the teacher. If he gets it wrong, the teacher doesn't tag and he self assesses and tries again.
You will see him figure out for himself how to get the tag. When he doesn't hear the tag he self assesses and tries again. He is internalizing and becoming responsible for his own learning. He is not reliant on the teacher for corrections.
Notice how quiet this is. The teacher explains, gives the tag point and then tags only when he gets it right. There is no talking or correction while the student is trying to learn. He gets the time and the quiet to process the information and internalize it.
Here is another golf lesson example. In this video, French tour pro teacher Phillipe Allain, has fixed a detail of fellow golf professional Christopher Smith's swing. Christopher talks about the experience and how the tag point helped him to understand the position that the teacher was looking for.
TAGteach is spreading around the world, providing the missing link for teachers and coaches who have so much knowledge and seek the most effective, efficient and fun way to share it with their learners. TAGteach started with sports, but is now used in hundreds of disciplines ranging from tiny tot ballet lessons to elite physician training in orthopedic surgery. Here are a few examples:
This is our high jump video which gives you an idea of how TAGteach works, how well and how fast. This is a complicated skill, with simultaneous rotation about two different axes and generation of force for the jump from the angle of the run.
Tennis anyone? Listen to USPTA tennis coach, Grant Grinnell, tell us how TAGteach helps him to involve the parents, to motivate the kids to try harder, to be able to be way more efficient and to give his learners more value in the time available:
“I love everything about what you've taught me. I love the tag, I love the positive reinforcement. I love no negative connotation. I love the focus of what I need to do and I love the focus of what students can do if they are tagging somebody else. I love everything about it, it's fantastic and I plan on using extensively in my teaching in the future.”Grant Grinnell, USPTA Tennis Coach
Every learner we have met in 10 years of TAGteach around the world loves TAGteach. Why?
"TAGthinking really transforms the way that you approach situations in life and you really become a better person because of it.”University Student - University of Minnesota Duluth
Here are a bunch of kids to tell you about why they like to learn with TAGteach:
Kids are easy you say? They love fun and games and they want to please. Anyone can teach kids. Here are some tough guys with muscles and tattoos who make their living in one of the most dangerous and inhospitable places on earth, the Bering Sea. It's not just about fun for them. It's about running a competitive business and eliminating injuries on the job, with testosterone levels running high and 15 different native languages spoken among the workers. They love TAGteach too:
"We've had problems between management and crew... But this whole year, things have changed because they were treated different, they were treated with more positive. They are more patient when they teach now. That's why the relationship is so much better... It taught me to look at myself every time I train. Never blame the person you are training, but look at you and say - hey, I need to improve my training."Manager - Cascade Fishing Company
"I've attended many seminars, and brought home many certificates but the TAGteach certificate is the very first I've chosen to hang on my wall."Luca Canever - Trainer, Italy
“I thought this was a great seminar, but I had no idea of how it would change my life."Anja Rudolf - University of Applied Science, Ingolstadt, Germany
"TAGteach is what my father would have wanted for his science" -Julie Vargas PhD (daughter of B.F. Skinner, the father of modern behavioral science)
"And so I introduced the concept of TAG thinking to my students. I think the best part about it is that it has taught the dancers to be very active, thinking learners rather than passive, “teach me, teacher” machines... Since integrating TAGteaching and TAG Thinking, every day in the classroom is exhilarating for me. I have seen so many young people find their confidence and personal voices, not only as artists, but also, more importantly, as human beings."Ann Bergeron MFA - Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of Minnesota Duluth