If you are interested in improving your teaching skills, then one of the ART Modules will be right for you.
The modules start with a one-day course, however an integral part of the success of the 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 modules end with an observed teaching lesson; only after this can a ringing teacher becomes an ART Member.
A new Tower Captain explains how coming on an ART Module 1 course gave him the skills and confidence to start teaching his own recruits.
An experienced Tower Captain tells how the same ART Module has introduced her to new skills and techniques which enhance her bell handling teaching.
ART is probably best known for its Module 1 course, which covers how to teach bell handling. But you don't have to start there – you can attend one of the Module 2 courses before your Module 1 or indeed not do the Module 1 at all. There are two variations of Module 2 [2F and 2C] and the expectation is that teachers complete either one or the other.
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. The practical sessions will give you plenty of time to practise your new skills in a safe environment.
To register for Module 1 we ask that you have sufficiently good bell control to be
able to inspire confidence in others and an ability to comfortably raise and lower a bell.
This Module shows new and experienced teachers how to support their
students and develop the necessary foundation skills for good ringing and then
move forward to ringing changes.
The practical exercises approach learning in small structured steps
and are delivered in a way that is entertaining for the new ringer
whilst the theory sessions cover foundation skills, teaching theory,
running practices, team building and how to motivate and retain your
Registration for Module 2F requires that you can ring at least Plain Hunt, in addition to fulfilling all the Module 1 requirements.
The foundation skill techniques taught in Module 2F are covered in the practical sessions, and then move on to concentrate on the development of change ringing skills using exercises and unusual methods to aid learning.
The transition from Plain Hunt to Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Minor is broken down into several simpler, shorter steps, making the jump into change ringing both more gradual and understandable to the new ringer. The theory sessions turn the spotlight on developing leadership skills.
Registration for Module 2C requires that you have rung a quarter peal
inside at Plain Bob Minor standard or above, recorded on Bellboard, in addition to fulfilling all the Module 1 requirements.
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
We hope to have the Newnham bells ready for the Armistice Ring-out in November. It's over 20 years since we had a band so we’ll be starting from scratch. The teacher accreditation, insurance and DBS checks that ART provides are key to achieving our goal."
Andy Vivian, Newnham
If you're interested in registering for one of the ART Modules then a list of upcoming day courses is available on the ART Events website. Have a look at their entry requirements; decide which is the right one for you and then register. Day courses are priced at £20 which covers direct course costs including an extensive course pack.
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 Bellboard.