If you’re interested in improving your teaching skills then why not start by coming on one of our day courses?
The ART Training Scheme is much more than a day course; it is the beginning of a learning journey. Each teacher is paired up with a mentor who provides guidance and advice throughout a period of skills development. On-line resources provide additional support for both the teacher and their new ringers.
The scheme concludes with a teaching lesson observed by an assessor; only after this does a ringing teacher becomes an accredited Member of the Association of Ringing Teachers.
It's really important to start teaching as soon possible after the day course; it's amazing how quickly things can be forgotten and confidence lost if the techniques learnt aren't put into practice very soon afterwards. That's why ART is so keen that you have a new ringer to teach or a band or practice to run lined up before you go on your day course.
Provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to take a ringer from their first lesson to having competent bell control. You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions:
Provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to build really good foundation ringing skills in your ringers. The course is designed for anyone involved in teaching a new band where the teacher can personally ring at least plain hunt. Theory sessions will cover:
This theory is supported by 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.
Provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to teach from rounds to basic change ringing. As in Module 2F you will learn the importance of approaching teaching in easy, understandable stages, the importance of using effective feedback, the theory of coaching and how to form a strong band.
The practical sessions will quickly cover some of the techniques taught in Module 2F, but will concentrate on the development of change ringing skills using exercises and unusual methods to aid learning. The transition from plain hunt to Bob Doubles and/or Bob Minor will be broken down into a number of simpler, shorter steps, making the jump into change ringing both more gradual and understandable to the new ringer.
The best way of finding out about a course and its benefits is by talking to teachers who have already been on the course in your local area, or reading what others have got to say on the SmART Ringer blog or in day course reports.
If you think one of these modules is right for you, please join us on an ART day course. All upcoming courses are shown on the SmART Ringer website and you can book a place online or request one in your area if none are nearby. Day courses are priced at £20 which covers direct course costs including an extensive course pack.
All the Modules are open to teachers aged 14 or over. We only ask that you have sufficiently good bell control to be able to inspire confidence in others and an ability to comfortably ring up and down in peal to attend Module 1 and 2F. Whilst for Module 2C we require that you have rung a quarter peal inside at Plain Bob Minor standard or above, recorded on either Bellboard or Campanophile.