Module 1 – Teaching Bell Handling
Module 1 is designed to provide the Teacher with the skills and techniques necessary to take a Ringer from their first lesson to having competent bell control.
Teachers learn the theory of teaching a skill, how to approach it in easy stages the learner can master, how to adapt to different learning types, the different levels of instruction, and the benefits of intensive teaching. Practical exercises support this theory as applied to all aspects of bell handling.
This is one of two Modules that make up the Integrated Teacher Training Scheme. You can complete either Module first, although most people choose to take Module 1 initially. The Module is open to Teachers who have had no prior teaching experience or who have taught before. Experienced Teachers can complete this Module as a Mentor.
The Module follows a format of…
- ITTS Module 1 Day Course
- Practical skill development period
Before the ITTS Day Course, the Teacher should find a new Ringer to teach
or have a plan as to how to recruit one. The ITTS Course Tutor will arrange a Mentor to work with the Teacher.
ITTS Module 1 Day Course
Teachers and their Mentors attend this day which consists of practical and theory sessions. The cost of this course is £10.00 per delegate.
- The basic components
- Joining both strokes together
- Teaching ringing up and down
- Solving Common handling problems
- Teaching a skilled activity
- Becoming a good teacher
- Solving common handling problems
Practical skill development period
After attending the ITTS Day Course, the Teacher and Mentor should login to the online learning website, Moodle. The Ringer to be taught should also be registered on Moodle, by contacting the ITTS Administrator. This gives them access to the extensive resources on the Learning the Ropes scheme.
During the skills development period of up to 2 years, the Teacher should work with the Mentor to teach the Ringer, ideally using the Learning the Ropes scheme to support this. In many occasions regular follow-up meetings occur with other Teachers and Mentors to share best practice. ITTS promotes consistency of approach and should allow for multiple teachers to train any single ringer.
Once the Mentor considers the Teacher to be competent the Teacher’s skills will be independently assessed. To complete the Module, the Teacher must…
- Have a completed Teacher Training Logbook, signed by their Mentor
- Complete the online assessment through the Moodle website
- Accept the Membership declaration of ART policies
- Carry out an assessed lesson with the Ringer, observed by an ITTS Course Tutor or independent and accredited Mentor
At the completion of a Module, the Teacher becomes eligible to be accredited Member of the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART). After passing a single Module, the Teacher will be eligible to be an Associate Member and after passing both Modules the Teacher will become eligible to be a Full Member.