The Cambridge University Guild (CUGCR) hosted a Module 1 course at Great St Mary’s, Cambridge, at the start of our third term of the year. Having had a year of unprecedented enthusiasm for teaching and learning bellringing, we decided an ART course would be just the ticket to maintain this momentum going forward, and to ensure we were operating as effectively as possible; with short 8-week terms it’s important to train intensively!
A group of 12 teachers – mostly CUGCR members, but with a few local friends – took part in the course under Graham’s able instruction. The day consisted of alternating theory and practical sessions, giving everyone a chance to try out the various exercises introduced on tied bells. The day was packed full of useful information, particularly regarding our interactions with the learner – making sure they feel confident, that they are achieving something, and that the teaching is tailored to their needs.
The plan looking forward is to establish the CUGCR as a centre of teaching – with a constantly shifting undergraduate population it will be important that skills are passed down in group teaching sessions, rather than having any one particular person in charge for years on end. This challenge is inherent to university ringing in general, so I’m sure it’ll be one we can overcome.
Our thanks go to Graham and the whole of the ART administration for putting on such an excellent day for us, and kicking off what I hope will be a long and prosperous campaign of teaching in Cambridge.
Oliver Bardsley – Master, CUGCR
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