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.