Help! (Do) I Need Somebody? Assistants in the Classroom

We all need help from time to time. Teaching group classes, many of us rely on teaching assistants, often volunteers or trainees, to help us work with large groups. Some of us go it alone but then want to consider expansion through a teaching assistant. 

A teaching assistant can be an asset to you and your clients if you have the right person, in the right job, with the right responsibilities, structure, and expectations. Without those elements, your help can create a new reason to cry “help!” An effective assistant in the classroom is not free labor; an assistant provides labor that can free you.

Terry will use her many years of experience teaching group classes to help you evaluate if you need an assistant. She will provide guidance about choosing a good assistant and help you understand the keys to setting up for success. Terry will also discuss the challenges that occur when your assistant may not be as helpful as you had hoped.

This Session is appropriate for trainers of all levels who may work or want to work in a group environment.

Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, has been a Karen Pryor faculty member since 2008, teaching numerous domestic and international KPA courses a year. The founder and president of Legacy

Canine Behavior & Training, she has been a dog training class instructor since 1968.

Terry was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, a human-animal bond program of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, from 1981 until 1994. Heavily involved in a variety of canine performance events for twenty years, she was both a competitor and judge. Terry designed and built a canine education center on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, offering a wide variety of services and activities for people from around the world.

Through Legacy, Terry conducts instructor workshops and chicken training camps several times a year in the United States and abroad. Her spare time is spent writing—most recently Gamify Your Dog Training: Training Games for Group Instruction and the soon-to-be-released revision of Coaching People to Train Their Dogs.