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We need more Teachmeets! (Help me make that happen)

TMBev
Image credit: Bev Evans. Pic of me at what became known as TMBev – the first(?) Teachmeet in South West Wales, held in August 2010 in Pembroke Dock by the much missed Bev.

I’ve had this idea in the back of my mind for a while, but *that* post by David Rogers has given me a much needed kick up the backside.

I love Teachmeets. I think they’re great. I’ve organised two in Swansea, and also used the model for two inset sessions in school. And, quite frankly, we need more.

I don’t currently have a school to host one in, but my job means I am around and about South West Wales a lot, which means I can maybe organise them on a wider basis.

There are six months left of the school year, so I’m setting myself the challenge to help organise six Teachmeets around South Wales before the end of the school year.

To do that, I need:

* Schools (or venues) willing to host them
* Teachers to help me organise and to attend

And actually, that’s about it.

Any offers of sponsorship to help pay for teas and coffee would be awesome. I can give or take raffles to be honest, but if anyone’s willing to step in with some cash or useful prizes I’d love to hear from you.

Not too fussed about keynotes either. I know some people love them, and some people have them working really well, but I’ve never been convinced that many ‘names’ actually mean much to teachers and the value for me is in hearing from other people in the same boat as you.

If you’d like to get involved in any way, drop me a line in the comments below or on Twitter. Let’s see if we can make South Wales the Teachmeet Capital of the world before the summer term is out!

Cross posted at: http://staffrm.io/@davestacey/0wMe0ddNaN

Dave Stacey

3 Comments

  1. Hi Dave,
    Good luck with South Wales as the Teachmeet Capital!

    I think ‘venues’ might be more interesting than schools. The first few TeachMeets were held in different types of space, a pub, a room with hardly any furniture (David Weinberger sat on the floor!) and a wonderful one in the Glasgow Science Centre with a huge screen but lots of corners to breakout to.

    Part of the ethos of the early ones included the right to break out and talk to anyone while ignoring the current speaker and no one was guaranteed a speaking slot.

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