TeachMeet and the Outdoors

On the evening of Friday 27th May and all day Saturday 28th May, a TeachMeet is being organised in West Lothian. Please visit the wiki for more information about the event and its location http://teachmeet.pbworks.com/w/page/36841398/TMBeyond  

Hadn’t heard about ‘Teachmeets’ (which is a Scottish invention) until Juliet Robertson the indefatigable campaigner for outdoor learning emailed the  information below and I took a look at Iain’s blog. Having spent the last week working in woodland – the campfire philosophy caught my attention.  ‘TeachMeet’ is for teachers / educators but perhaps its an idea that can work for other professional groups as well. I don’t know about you but the  idea of sharing between practitioners in more relaxed format than a conference or workshop format has an appeal.

The main person behind this ‘Teachmeet’ is Iain Hallahan, a teacher at an ASN school. He explains his reasons for setting an outdoor learning TeachMeet in his blog http://h-blog.me.uk/?p=184 

What is TeachMeet? Learn something new, be amazed, amused and enthused. This is an informal gathering of those curious about teaching and learning. Anyone can share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations. Education professionals from all sectors are welcome to take part. The main part of TeachMeet is hearing stories about learning, from teachers. This is not an event to present about a product or theory – this is a chance for teachers from all types of establishments to hear ideas from each other. Real narratives of practice that make a difference. It is about being engaged and inspired by our immediate colleagues and a whole bucket load of networking to boot! Here is a video from BrainPop about Teachmeet (be warned, it’s a techy cartoon). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4suB51XIiM&feature=player_embedded The main part of TeachMeet Beyond is the campfire philosophy – each of us hearing stories about learning from the other participants. This is not an event to present about a product or theory – this is a chance for teachers from all types of establishments to hear ideas from each other about how to take learning and teaching BEYOND the classroom . Due to the theme of this TeachMeet and the nature of some of the activities, a number of the traditional TeachMeet structures will need to be altered, but the core values remain the same.