Teaching Course - Module 1 - Uppingham, Rutland

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About this course:

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.

You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions:

  • How to teach a skill
  • How to break down bell handling into easy stages that the new ringer can master
  • About different learning types and how to adapt your teaching for them
  • The benefits of intensive teaching

The practical sessions will give you plenty of time to practise your new skills in a safe environment. Working in pairs you will also have opportunity to hone your observation skills and get feedback on your feedback.

 Delegates are advised to bring a packed lunch on the day, although there are several shops and food outlets within a couple of minutes walk of the church. Hot drinks will be available during the breaks and on arrival.

This course is currently in its early booking window and for the first 14 days is protected by a PIN until th 30th November, so that local delegates have a priority period for registration. After this date, any remaining places will be available for general booking.


Event Details

Event Start Sat 27-Jan-2024 09:15
Event End Sat 27-Jan-2024 17:00
Registration Closes
Fri 12-Jan-2024 12:00
Capacity 10
Registered 5
Available places 5
Event Fee £25 per attendee + local suggested donation of £5 to £10 for refreshments, hall hire, tower fees.
Event Prerequisites You must be a bell-ringing teacher (or would-be teacher) aged 14 or over.
You must have sufficiently good bell control to be able to inspire confidence in others and an ability to comfortably raise and lower a bell.
We expect that you should easily be able to pass the Learning the Ropes Level 2 handling assessment. For more information, see bellringing.org/about-teaching/bell-handling/#GoodHandlingStyle
Location SS Peter and Paul, Uppingham, Rutland

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Rebcca Odames

I learned to ring at the age 42 after my sister started ringing a few years earlier at her local tower in The Cotswolds. At first I couldn’t understand why we had to find out when the local churches were ringing during family holidays, but since I started ringing, we are now finally on the same page!  I was quite a quick learner when it came to bell handing, but was advised on a course a few months later that my handling wasn’t right and I needed to count my place and not just learn the numbers.  It was a breakthrough moment when it all became clear and I then turned my attention to other new ringers who had been in the same situation as me just a few months before. 

 Someone mentioned ART to me a few years later and I went on a Module 1 course in 2018. It provided me with all the tools to start teaching and I was keen to get started straight away.  I taught my first learner in 2019 and soon after, covid struck. Not to be deterred, I started again in 2022 with two new ringers and when more people wanted to learn, I encouraged other experienced ringers at my tower to attend a Module 1 course. Ringers from surrounding towers have also attended the course and we now have an active group of teachers and new ringers within a few miles of each other.  Being a mentor has provided me with further experience and I find that every new ringer, has something new to teach me too.  Having come to ringing later in life, I find it easy to relate to new ringers struggles. Seeing them succeed has been a great achievement. 

 I am an Operations Coordinator for a large high street retailer and in my spare time I like exploring areas of historical interest and natural beauty in my spare time. I am also a keen hill and mountain walker. 

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