The CLC Teachmeet Experience (December 2011)
- I had no idea what to expect but I really enjoyed it. It’s not often that teachers get to share ideas with other teachers in this way. I’m from EYFS but I found all the presentations useful even those from secondary colleagues – you can learn from everyone even if it’s an approach or an idea, there’s always something to take away. (teacher, Ethelred Nursery)
It’s not often that chilled chardonnay and your finest Tooting samosas are served at CPD sessions but Wednesday’s Teachmeet was an exception. Infact, there were many exceptions to Wednesday’s training; It was cross phase, cross-borough, virtual and actual with an impressive turn out for a damp November evening. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the event was that so many people had signed up to participate in something that so few fully understood. Teachmeets are a relatively recent grassroots phenomenon designed by and for teachers. They are informal gatherings allowing teachers to share good practice and practical innovations with colleagues. Participants volunteer (via the TeachMeet website – http://teachmeet.pbworks.com/w/page/19975349/FrontPage) and attend either as a presenter or audience-member. Inspite of most colleagues venturing into the unknown the event was a great success. Of the 35 people attending, 13 presented with topics covered including technology to support EYFS assessment, programming and robots, using expedia to support maths, blogging and real audiences, great ideas for EYFS and maths and a wealth of top tips for creative English teaching.
- I was really inspired by lots of the ideas. Blogs, Quadblogging, Scratch and programming, beebots – there was so much to take away. I will definitely be running a staff meeting on a couple of these… (teacher, Granton Primary School)
The event was targeted at Lambeth schools but colleagues joined from as far afield as Newham and Lewisham. Tom Robinson, a secondary NQT, travelled all the way from Dorking to present on using Twitter as part of his personal learning network. He has since blogged about the event. http://www.thomas-robinson.co.uk/Teaching/?p=63
And if you’re now kicking yourself that you didn’t join us for chardonnay and sharing? Don’t worry, the event was streamed and handful of people followed us live on Wednesday with another 60 or so having viewed the final films subsequently. Have a look http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/18702247
Thanks to all who took part in the Teachmeet experience and a big thanks to colleagues from Samsung Visualiser SDP860 for their generous sponsorship.