At the ART Conference in March ART announced the development of training workshops in number of subjects. There are many good training sessions that take place throughout the country, but so often the trainer has to develop their own materials causing a huge duplication of effort. ART is keen to have a repository of good materials and have ‘off the shelf workshops’ available for use to encourage more workshop training in new areas using the best materials and teaching. This may help avoid so many people reinventing the wheel. Many of these will have to be capable of variation to allow for audiences of different experience levels.
Each workshop uses a combination of presentations and practical work. Currently handouts are handled by email but deletes on the workshops will get access to SmART Ringer in due course to view all handouts and other relevant information.
All workshops will be advertised via the ART web site and already a number of successful pilot workshops have taken place. Currently the following workshops are available – full details are at http://ringingteachers.org/participation/workshops
- Calling Bob Doubles – basic level bob calling for the aspiring conductor
- Conducting – this focusses on Bob Minor but includes coursing order, transposition etc.
- Mentor development - aims to increase the awareness of the mentoring process
- Bell Maintenance – A full day’s workshop to understand what basic maintenance a bell installation needs.
- Simulator Awareness - designed for people with limited or no knowledge of simulators it explains the various sensor systems and software available .
- Listen & Strike - helps develop listening skills and rhythm, leading to a reduced reliance on looking and better striking.
- Tower Leadership - covers stakeholder management, leading the team, good practice and performance. Theory sessions augmented with lots of discussion. (Produced in conjunction with CCCBR).
Other workshops are being developed and we would welcome good additional materials for existing workshops and ideas and assistance with new ones.
These workshops will be run on a regional/local basis and we need to hear not just from people who would like to arrange a course but those who are prepared to run them. Workshop leaders clearly need to have knowledge of their subject as well as good communication skills and the ability to present well using Power Point. (Mileage expenses are paid to appointed workshop leaders).
So, if you need workshop training or could run one – get in touch!