#tm5 January 16, 2011Posted by IaninSheffield in CPD, Inspiration, Musings.
Tags: #tm5, CPD, library, museum, professional development, teachmeet
TeachMeet is 5 years old on 24th May, we were reminded by Ewan McIntosh on Friday night’s #tmbett2011. Really!? Five years? And to think I only learned about my first just over a year ago. Ewan issued a challenge for us to think what we might do to to celebrate the birthday with TeachMeet’s around the country. Dai Barnes has already had a few ideas and as a search of the #tm5 hashtag on Twitter will reveal, so have quite a few others.
When I started thinking, I had been inspired by an almost throw-away comment ‘what about a TeachMeetLivingRoom?’ Are there other locations which could act as meeting places? Although I started off considering unusual locations like ‘KinderMeet’ that’s Kinder as in Kinder Scout the hill, not the chocolate egg! It could have a Geo-theme perhaps (more inspiration from Dom Breadmore’s TeachMeet Takeover presentation). But then I got thinking about the idea of theme’s in more detail and wondered about locations that might suit a themed approach:
- MuseumMeet – Science at MOSI or @-Bristol or any of the other science-related venues
- GalleryMeet – Art/Design at any one of a number of venues, perhaps your local gallery
- LibraryMeet – English
- SportsMeet – PE/Sports at a local sports centre or even a larger venue (dare I say football ground?)
- GeographyMeet – a field study centre
- SumsMeet – at a maths-focused venue like Bletchley Park
- ChurchMeet – RS at any one of a number of places of worship
- MusicMeet – concert venues, recording studios
I’m sure you guys could think of lots more.
Would places like these welcome the opportunity to host an event highlighting some innovative learning approaches delivered by and for a group of teachers? With a little forethought, surely the resources at the host venue could be included within the theme and at some places, there might even be an education officer to help with organisation. Cost? Well I’m just not sure here. Would the venue be prepared to provide a room for free? Might they even be prepared to put on a few comestibles, or given the swingeing cutbacks in this area, is that too big an ask?
I then started to worry that this might be less intimate than some of the suggestions folk have said before. However a key issue for TeachMeets for me has always been about getting new people involved and sharing the wonderfulness beyond our community. By themeing the event, maybe it would be more attractive to colleagues with a subject interest, whether from Primary or Secondary, than the more usual generic session.
Any thoughts anyone?