Tutored by Paul Lewis, this will be Module 2 C (teaching elementary change ringing) of the ART Training Scheme, held at St Peter’s Edgmond which has a ground floor ring of 8 bells (9cwt).
Module 2 C is open to delegates whose personal ringing is up to a minimum of a quarter peal of bob minor on an inside bell, as many of the practical exercises rung during the day course will involve the delegates ringing basic methods including bastow minor, treble bob hunt, original minor and some doubles variations.
As with all ART courses,Module 2C is suitable for new teachers but also those who are already experienced and wishing to extend their skills, share ideas and support newer teachers. The day course itself is ‘day one’ of the teaching development process and after the course, delegates will be offered access to the SmART Ringer website where they can review the course materials, download teaching resources to use in the tower, register their ringers on the Learning the Ropes scheme and request certificates for them as they progress.
As well as practical sessions in the tower, Module 2 C will cover theory on running a successful and effective practice, band management (including how to diplomatically deal with that person who grabs hold for everything!), setting goals for the team and individual ringers, standing behind effectively and the importance of explaining theory.
Following the day course, delegates will put everything into practice and work towards accreditation with ART by writing practice plans before each session and reviewing four practices afterwards. By evaluating what went well and what they would do differently next time, teachers can find practices become more effective. After teachers have recorded four practice plans, they can invite an ART assessor along to observe one of their practices to sign off their accreditation with ART.
If delegates are not tower captains or ringing masters, they may need to seek out opportunities to run practices, outings, theory sessions or workshops in order to develop their teaching skills.
With so much to material to cover, delegates will enjoy the ready supply of refreshments (tea and cake) and lunch together in the village pub.
The Edgmond course starts at 9.15am and should finish by 5pm. Parking is freely available on the village street at the bottom of the Church path.
Course fees are £20 payable to ART but the local course organisers ask that delegates also make a small donation on the day to cover the cost of refreshments and heating / lighting in the Church.