Having inadvertently found myself being asked to teach, it seemed a good idea to get some guidance rather than winging it or misremembering how I was taught more years ago than my current very modest ability might suggest.
The M2F course can be highly recommended to provide helpful suggestions, tools and techniques to assist anyone helping a novice ringer master the progression from basic bell handling competence through rounds, call changes and introduction to method ringing principles and basics. You do not need to be an expert, my fellow delegates were welcoming and friendly, and a cooperative spirit of shared experiences ran through the day.
Twyford was an excellent venue and the day was magnificently hosted (homemade biscuits were delicious). Our tutor Clare McArdle made us feel welcome and included and provided much insight and wisdom from her extensive teaching experience.
My only regret is that I didn’t benefit from these learning tools myself many years ago as I’m sure they would have helped make me a better ringer and my progress easier and quicker.
Thanks ditty to Clare:
Learnt to set our bell - well eventually,
Learnt to count and listen.
We’ve learnt to ‘ding dong and stop’
and we can switcharoo.
You’ve helped us develop new methods:
Jans Juggling and,
Daniel’s Dastidly Triple Kaleidoscope Challenge.
No Covid today, thankfully, but plenty Mexican 2nd wave.
You’ve encouraged debate on leading or coaching
and given us vision to develop our bands.
You provided us that ‘leap of faith’.
The ropes and bells have behaved, but,
with so much information to process
our brains are now tied in knots.
Thank you to all ringers
as no course is fun without you.
But mostly, thank you to Clare
for the fun delivery of your skills.
Learn how to teach build really good foundation ringing skills in your ringers.