I understand the irony of writing a post about an event that isn’t about ego on a blog that bears my name. Truth is, I didn’t really have a plan past getting some teachers in a pub and I am indebted to the wonderful Leah for thinking about things like food, nibbles, venue, plan. Well, pretty much the lot.
Anyway, here’s what went on and the intention is a kind of ‘how to’ guide. The one reflection that I have is that I would have liked more local teachers there, or indeed a similar event for an individual school. After all, these events are fantastic, but if teachers aren’t addressing the internal differences within their own institutions, the impact is only every going to be limited. However, I took a lot from the event and, on the back of a truly shit week and morning, the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of those who came along was a true inspiration. I wriggled away with far more than I came with – indeed I was that annoying bloke who kept redirecting the conversations.
As a personal reflection, it was the best external CPD I’ve been involved with for a long time because it was three hours (and more) of the best part about TeachMeets: talking to teachers about teaching without any barriers or taboos. The best CPD takes part within schools.
I hope that everyone left with something and a massive thank you to Earth and Stars pub and Flower Pot Bakery (amazing bread) and the local Sainsbury’s (Tea and Coffee) for providing the stuff for nothing and expecting nothing in return.
We’ll leave you with some questions:
- What are you doing to enable teachers to talk to teachers about teaching?
- What are you doing to create a campfire culture where teachers are the driving force of change?