Here is a list of the official TAGteach terms showing their proper spacing and capitalization. The term TAGteach is a registered trademark and should include the registered trademark symbol ® the first time it’s used in an article.
This list shows the way that the terms should be written in a sentence. Regular capitalization rules apply if they’re used in a heading or title.
TAG (as acronym for Teaching with Acoustical Guidance) and TAGteach are interchangeable. Please note that TAGteach is written as 1 word with the TAG in upper case and the teach in lower case. TAGteacher and TAGteaching are also written this way, but other terms such as tag point are written in lower case as two words. When used as a noun or verb, tag is written in lower case.
TAG (as acronym for Teaching with Acoustical Guidance)
tag (as noun or verb)
point of success
three try rule
TAGteach script (click here to download)
WOOF (What you Want, One thing, Observable, Five words or less)
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Applied Behavior Analysis
The field of science from which TAGteach and other reinforcement-based teaching and training technologies have been developed.
Physical activity in general; or a specific movement or group of related movements (‘a behavior’).
stimulus that has acquired positive reinforcing properties through
association with other reinforcers such as food, praise or success.
[The tagger is a conditioned reinforcer -providing a positive stimulus
that occurs simultaneously with a desired act or response.]
Mental fatigue that occurs when a tag session is too long for a particular learner.
technique used in planning and teaching. Beginning with a broad
lesson, information is reduced into more concrete directions and then
reduced again to a precise tag point. (Also see reverse focus funnel)
for differential reinforcement of incompatible behavior (DRI).
Eliminate a designated behavior by strengthening other behaviors that
are incompatible with it.
procedure by which a behavior becomes more or less likely to occur,
depending on its consequences. [In TAGteach, the consequences are always
positive and desired responses become more likely to occur.]
Student-to-student tag configurations and activities.
Point of Success
A behavior to start or to repeat, for which the student is guaranteed a tag.
procedure in which a behavior is paired with a desired stimulus or
event that will increase the chance of the behavior happening again in
Reverse Focus Funnel
the least amount of information necessary for success first (tag
point). Once the behavior has been accomplished, and the learner is more
confident, additional information can be delivered. This is useful in
situations where too much information may overwhelm the learner and
cause a loss of concentration.
operant learning procedure in which small increments of a desired
response are reinforced. By reinforcing some small response, and then
selecting stronger or longer occurrences, one can ‘shape’ or build a
more elaborate behavior.
in the environment that can be sensed – a sound, an object, a color,
etc. A discriminative stimulus is something the learner can perceive
which indicates an action to be taken (for example a red light is a
stimulus to step on the brake).
which “marks” or identifies a desired action. Typically a TAGteach
marker emits a brief, distinct, uniform stimulus used to pinpoint
movement as it is happening; a click from a ball point pen, a clicker,
hand clap, a finger snap. Some Smart phone applications provide
appropriate marker tones.
a verb it is the action of marking someone’s correct behavior (as in
“tag for each blink”). As a noun, it means the mark that is placed on a
correct behavior (as in “You got 5 tags today!”). (see Marker)
The wording used for preparing and delivering tag points (see WOOF)
The specific aspect of a behavior that when/as performed will receive the audible mark (tag). (see WOOF for tag point criteria)
The three components of the TAGteach process: Identify, Mark and Reinforce.
is a protocol that promotes positive interactions for increased
productivity and success. The acronym TAG stands for Teaching with
Acoustical Guidance and refers to the audible marker, a key tool used in
the system designed to highlight success. The TAGteach protocol also
includes tools to deliver information, reduce inefficient language,
assess performance, create confidence and deliver positive
device made from beads that slide on a string that allows the teacher
or learner to keep track of the number of tags they have earned or
Three Try Rule
a learner fails to perform the designated tag point three times, the
teacher creates and delivers a more achievable tag point. The three try
rule is more of a guide than a rule. Some learners want to work things
out for themselves and will try several times without getting
discouraged. Others would rather take very small steps forward and
succeed nearly every time.
Value Added Tag Point
A single tag point in which more than one problem may be resolved. (e.g., The tag point “keys in pocket”, would keep the keys from being misplaced and from being locked in the car.)
The acronym defining the four criteria for a tag point: What you want, One criterion, Observable and definable, Five words or less
(Some technical definitions are adapted from Learning and Behavior. Third Edition, by Paul Chance, Ph. D. Brooks Cole, Pub. Pacific Grove, CA. 1994)