I am well aware that sharing this post on Staffrm is probably preaching to the converted. I am sure we have all been questioned over why we give up some of our precious free time for work, for blogs, for Twitter chats... I know I have. But I'm pleased to see the tide turning, certainly in my own school and local area, as more teachers welcome personalised CPD.
I am a big fan of TeachMeets. I have hosted a few and presented at more than a few now. For me, the networking and the positive feelings I leave with are what have me signing up for the next one. However, a TeachMeet full of 5 minute presentations, albeit an amazing experience, cannot entirely fulfil the CPD needs of its entire audience. Don't get me wrong; I can honestly say that every TeachMeet I've attended has inspired at least one new thing in my practice. But there will obviously be some presentations that might not apply to the sector/subject we teach, or one that might mirror something that we already do. Where there's no problem in this, it still makes me happy to know there's an upcoming Pedagoo Local, in the form of #PedagooHampshire , as the bonuses it offers compared to a TeachMeet are far reaching.
Having attended two Pedagoo days now (as well as days like Primary Rocks Live), I cannot recommend them enough, or thank the people who organise/present at them enough. The perks for me include being able to choose the session I attend from a menu of inspiring presenters. I can highlight the ones that I know match my own PM targets or SIP, as well as the ones that intrigue me or those with a title that takes my fancy!
As well as this, each session is more a 'learning conversation' than a presentation, and with them lasting 40-60 minutes, there is time for educators from across varying sectors to really discuss ideas and initiatives, ask questions and share what works well. Last year's #pedagoohampshire had a lasting impact on my practice. A superb Maths session from @nedge9 has changed a lot of how I teach maths in Y5/6 as her set up of a Number Talks session prompted me to go away and research further. I took @braunteaches 's calculation policy back to school which led to my DHT reviewing and tweaking ours. @abster and @HTcoach 's session got us thinking more about the wellbeing of staff and pupils at our own school which has become a high focal point for us now. And I won't forget @vivienne 's closing words that ensured I made what I had taken on that Saturday have impact. I did and it has.