To build on the success of our summer ringing school at Kensington, where 20 new ringers completed Level 1 of Learning the Ropes, the organisers from the Middlesex CA and London DG are now turning our attention to placing them with a local Sunday band – helping them progress on to Levels 2 and 3 of LtR.
We will be holding regular Saturday morning follow up sessions for the new ringers, similar to the ones already held at Barnes and at towers in Birmingham. These will be held at convenient towers, in three terms during the next 12 months. Each term will have about eight sessions. Each group will be limited to six students and six teachers/helpers, so that all the students get adequate practice. We do not expect all the students and teachers to come every week, just when they can, but we do hope that we may be able to have more than one group running in parallel at another tower each week.
To assist with supporting the new ringers, we have also arranged an ART Teacher Training Module M2F, on Saturday 2 December at St Saviour Pimlico from 9.30 till 4.30 pm, tutored by Gill Hughes. This will cover the material for Levels 2 and 3 of Learning the Ropes.
Anyone is welcome to attend. The course will be particularly useful for people from the towers taking in the new recruits, or anyone who would like to learn more about teaching the stages up to hunting the treble to a method (but not by learning the numbers).
The Module provides teachers with the skills and techniques necessary to build really good foundation ringing skills in their ringers. The course is designed for anyone involved in teaching a new band where the teacher can personally ring at least plain hunt on any bell.
Theory sessions will cover:
- the importance of approaching teaching in easy, understandable stages
- the critical importance of using effective feedback
- the theory of coaching
- how to form a strong band
This theory is supplemented with extensive practical sessions that show how to develop these skills, including how to teach call changes, an exploration of kaleidoscope ringing, and different ways to introduce ringers to covering and plain hunt.
For further information about the course itself, contact the ART Administrator or to book a place go to https://smartringer.org/m2fdc/19246/