TeachMeets are not my idea. They are not my idea in two ways: I borrowed the idea from the UK after having heard about it at a conference in early 2011. Also, teachmeets are not the kind of idea one person can lay claim to at any point.

TeachMeets are fun, fast-paced professional learning events organised by teachers and for teachers. They are free, open and dynamic, adaptable to almost any space, time or theme.

I love helping organise teachmeets and helping support the communities that have now grown around Australia in relation to them. In many ways, I have a much stronger professional relationship with this community of learners than any other group of people.

We’ve had teachmeets in pubs, schools, libraries, art galleries, theatres, universities and even a zoo. So long as they keep to some key principles such as being free, open to all and focused on teaching and learning, anyone can host a teachmeet.

In Australia and in many other places, we try to use social media such as Twitter and FaceBook to continue the conversation after an event and promote the idea of a community of learners.

Take a look at http://www.teachmeet.net or http://tmsydney.wikispaces.com if you are interested!

Getting teachers together at TM Wharf - the Loft space required a walk through the STC props storage area! Awesome!
Getting teachers together at TM Wharf – the Loft space required a walk through the STC props storage area! Awesome!
Not a bad place for a teachmeet - the view from the Balcony space at TM at the Wharf #tmeng
Not a bad place for a teachmeet – the view from the Balcony space at TM at the Wharf #tmeng
TeachMeets give educators a chance to share ideas in a supportive and energetic environment.
TeachMeets give educators a chance to share ideas in a supportive and energetic environment.
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