It has been a while since I last went to Longcot when learning to ring but there I was, feeling like a learner again, on Saturday 11 October with a group of others wishing to become ITTS-accredited teachers with the Association of Ringing Teachers
The day was led by Les Boyce and covered techniques and processes which come from research at universities from across the world into best practice in coaching practical skills.
The process of bell ringing was broken down and we were given techniques for how to teach each part before adding the sections together to create the full motion of ringing.
As I learnt to ring less than 5 years ago I found the day gave me a very helpful insight into techniques which have proved useful to improve my ringing and have ironed out a few ‘bad habits’ that I won’t be passing on to learners that I go on to teach.
It is important to put the skills learnt into practice as soon as possible so on Sunday morning I jumped at the opportunity to work with a new learner at Ashbury. We both survived the experience and are going to have another go this Sunday
And some comments from other students:
“A very useful and enjoyable day. Now keen to go away and try things out! Thanks due to tutors, organisers and caterers.”
“Although I’ve been teaching learners for a few years already, I learned several new techniques that will help rectify faults. This course will definitely make me a better teacher.”
“Very relaxed and enjoyable day. Excellent practical sessions, and lots of tips and shared ideas.”
Practical advice for teachers, right from the first lesson.