I have been ringing, on and off, for about 20 years and part of my career has involved working in learning support for young people with special educational needs. But never have I ever considered putting the two together until the 'Ring for the King' initiative. In short, there is new band of ringers at St. Mary’s Church at Llanwern, South Wales.
Whilst the support from the local association has been fantastic, it is a case of being thrown into the deep end. Perhaps, that is the best way. Until recently, I have never actually taught anyone to ring.
Anyone who is reading this will likely appreciate how much there is involved to that. From the safety aspect, to technique and to your own personal demeanour in making sure both learner and teacher are at ease. When you have been ringing for a long time, just like being involved with any other activity, you don’t realise how much is involved because you just do it. All of which was covered throughout the day course I attended at Preshute in Wiltshire.
I found the ART M1 course has been really helpful, because it has given me the foundation stones to go forward, building my own confidence in teaching and a structured “syllabus” in which to work from. Also, the breadth of experience of teaching of those attending the course was also really useful; especially as we were given that opportunity to discuss the various teaching methods such as starting with the bell up or bell down, the pros and cons of both.
Thank you all for a great day - it was pleasure to learn so much from Paul as tutor and all those who attended.
Practical advice for teachers, right from the first lesson.