Kathy Sdao - Reno 2016
This is Part 1 of a two-part presentation. Viewers interested in this topic are encouraged to watch both parts.
Part of the job of a pet-dog instructor is to communicate basic learning principles — about reinforcement, timing, criteria, cues, generalization, and more — to novice students. But we are limited in the amount of verbal explanations we can provide. Extended lectures lead to bored and noisy dogs. If we challenge ourselves to be creative, we can devise teaching approaches that are brief, memorable, and effective. Metaphors, analogies, parables, and anecdotes can convey broad or advanced concepts meaningfully. Cartoons can also express ideas succinctly; just think how much impact a political cartoon can have.
This presentation is an exercise in generative thinking. It attempts to spark your own ingenuity and give you fresh ideas for classes that may have become stale after years of repetition. Be prepared to learn innovative instructional tools that can bring life to your teaching.