Module 2 Course

If you are interested in improving your teaching skills, then one of our modules will be right for you.

The modules start with a one-day course, however an integral part of the success of these modules is the after-course support which allows teachers to put into practice what they have learned. Mentoring and online learning form the backbone of the skills development period in which theory is translated into practice.

The module ends with an observed teaching lesson; only after this can a ringing teacher becomes an ART Member.

Module 1

Bell Handling

Suitable for those who already teach bell handling and want to update their skills AND for those who have never taught anyone to handle a bell.

Module 1 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:

  • How to teach a skill
  • How to break down bell handling into easy stages that the new ringer can master
  • About different learning types and how to adapt your teaching for them
  • The benefits of intensive teaching

The practical sessions will give you plenty of time to practise your new skills in a safe environment. Working in pairs you will also have opportunity to hone your observation skills and get feedback on your feedback.

And afterwards? It's really important to start teaching as soon as 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.

Module 2F

From Rounds to Plain Hunt

Supports new and experienced teachers to teach the foundation skills necessary to ring well with others - ropesight, striking and listening.

Module 2F provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to build really good foundation ringing skills in your ringers.

You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions:

  • How to build foundation skills in easy, understandable stages
  • How to give effective feedback
  • How to coach and stand behind
  • How to form a strong band
  • How to motivate and keep your new ringers

The practical sessions will allow you to develop these skills, including how to teach call changes, an exploration of kaleidoscope ringing, and different ways to introduce covering and Plain Hunt.

And afterwards? Run some practices. Easy if you're a Tower Captain. If not, ask to run part of a practice or organise a training session or foundation skills practice. You'll be surprised at how popular you'll be.

Module 2C

Elementary Change Ringing

Is for teachers looking to develop or expand their skills in teaching elementary change ringing, from Plain Hunt and beyond.

Module 2C provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to teach from rounds to basic change ringing.

You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions the same ART teaching principles as in Module 2F.

The practical sessions will cover some of the techniques taught in Module 2F, but will then 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.

And afterwards? Practising the skills you've learnt is important to consolidate them. If the opportunity isn't there at your local practice night then organise some stand-alone practices for early method ringers.

What do people say?

The structure of the ART Training Scheme helps motivate both teachers and learners. A lapsed ringer who recently returned was very impressed by the changes in teaching and by Learning the Ropes.”

Lavinia Sullivan, Wargrave

It certainly reminded me of things I was not actually doing and should be. I got lots of tips about what to do to stimulate interest and get ringers to progress incrementally with little bits of fun. The practical sessions were excellent.”

Brian Baldwin, Woughton

The resources that ART have in place have REALLY helped me. Hooray, here comes Module 2!”

Jane Mellor, Wokingham

The attendees were still buzzing the next morning and the air of excitement percolated through to our students and other ringers, even the sceptics. We are itching to get started, but patience is a virtue. "

Lyril Rawlins, St John’s Bromsgrove

Want to attend a day course?

If you think one of these modules is right for you, you can book a place online. 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.

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The small print. 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. Module 2F requires that you can ring at least Plain Hunt. 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.