Tutored by Pip Penney.
Despite having no heating in the church (ground floor ring) due to contractors not completing the new system in time the participants did not appear to be unduly affected during the practical sessions by the reduced temperature and all entered into the spirit of the occasion with a great deal of enthusiasm. The hot, home made soup at lunchtime probably kept everyone motivated for the afternoon sessions.
Fortunately the tutor room was warm (and cosy) which also encouraged participants to exchange ideas and discuss the points raised by Pip during the theory sessions.
The group was made up of 8 new teachers and 2 mentors, mainly from the SDG plus 2 from the W&P Guild. We were joined by a shadowing tutor, Geoff Horritt, so together with the course organiser, Alan Bentley, Pip was able to pair 50% of the new teachers with a mentor for the practical sessions. Geoff was also on hand to offer valuable anecdotes and opinions in addition to Pip’s during the course of discussions.
All the participants did very well throughout the day, maintaining concentration, despite the lack of heating in the church and the course starting at 9.30 and finishing at 4.30; the following feedback summary (based on the agenda) reflects the value the participants put on the course in terms of their own personal development:
1. Becoming a good teacher – Exc 6, Good 3, Ave 1.
2. Teaching a skilled activity – Exc 6, Good 3, Ave 1.
3. Solving common handling problems – Exc 6, Good 3, Ave 1.
Length of session – About right 9.
1. Basic components – Exc 8, Good 1, Ave 1.
2. Joining both strokes together – Exc 8, Good 1.
3. Teaching ringing up/down in easy stages – Exc 8, Good 1.
4. Solving common handling problems – Exc 6, Good 3.
Length of session – About right 8, too long 1.
Overall satisfaction – 10 3, 9 4, 8 1. 10=highest
Alan Bentley, 15 Jan 2017