I love teachmeets.
They are invaluable opportunities to get new ideas, resources and new friends. I’ve only been to one this term, and I am already feeling the need to attend another soon.
When I attend, I make copious notes – I have a shocking memory if I don’t write things down. My notebook is one of my most treasured possessions. It is jam-packed with information gleefully gained at teachmeets and similar events.
I wish I had more time to implement all the great ideas I have been introduced to, and I do try to look over some notes at least once a week. But even if you leave a teachmeet with no ideas that are relevant to you and your teaching (that would never happen!), you leave with the positive feeling of having spent a couple of hours among other motivated teachers, and that is a great feeling – it’s too easy to get bogged down in the moans and day to day woes in a school.
My challenge to all of you is to attend at least one teachmeet this academic year. If you’re feeling brave, you might even choose to present, but don’t feel like you have to.
Plus, there are often great freebies, and, if you are lucky, some food, which is always welcome at the end of a teaching day.