I recently attended the ART Module 1 course at Hathern, under the expert guidance of Moira Johnson. I attended primarily to brush up skills when teaching learners to ring from scratch, and also have had years of believing that ART was just another fad idea.
I have taught ringers for years, and went on a Central Council course in the late 1990s, but having recently taught a band to ring, I realised that if I got stuck with something, or I couldn't answer a question, I didn't really have anywhere to go for help.
The course was very useful, and the practical elements were good too, and it turned on its head the way to teach learners safely. I hadn't realised it was possible to break down each stroke into smaller parts. I have applied some of the theory to our learners, which seems to have been well received. I think the ART way of teaching is invaluable, and now feel like I have people to ask questions to, even if they are not local, as we are all singing from the same hymn sheet!
The M1 bell handling teaching course led by Moira was very well structured with the majority of the time being spent on putting the teaching skills into practice.
I particularly liked the fact that in addition to Moira, there were enough mentors around the tower to encourage and guide us and answer any questions during practical sessions. I have found the supporting course material informative and easy to follow once back at home. Thank you for an excellent introduction to the bellringing teaching course.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the M1 teaching course yesterday, I was a little apprehensive about attending, expecting to be out of my depth with my limited experience, expecting to be with people with so much more knowledge than me, but it was a lovely course.
I found that everyone of us shared the same vision, and everyone was so supportive of each other, having attended the course I now feel that I can take the next step with confidence.
Thanks for the course today. I found it not only thoroughly enjoyable, but has provided me with the confidence and skill set to start teaching students the art of ringing.
A really worthwhile day which gives a great base to start teaching from.
Practical advice for teachers, right from the first lesson.