Planning and hosting your own TeachMeet, by @TeacherToolkit

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Ross Morrison McGill shares organising tips from his own experience of attending and hosting TeachMeets, as well as advice on promoting your TeachMeet to colleagues outside your own school.

In my recent article TeachMeets: an underground revolution, I explained how TeachMeets have become a popular, unique form of effective CPD over the past few years. If you have decided that you are organised and enthusiastic enough to lead one yourself, read on.

(Part 2 of 2 articles)

Firstly, my advice is to make sure that you attend an event that is already published, and that while you are there, you do all that you can to research all aspects of the event. This ranges from catering, ticketing, hosting and curating a range of guest-presenters who will all arrive at one place, on time and speak for free!

Tickets can be provided via EventBrite – an online ticketing website

There is a key portal for all TeachMeet promotion and advertising, and by browsing through the wealth of information here you will gather a very quick idea of what your own event will need to do in order to draw in the punters.

The audience at TMLondon at Greig City Academy on 11.12.12 – click for more images.

Sorry! If you would like to read the rest of this two-part article, you will need to do so, by accessing this online at Optimus Education here: (Publisher rights)

You will need a (temporary) log-in and will also be able to read my other articles on this page. You can find Part 1 of this article here (TeachMeets: An underground revolution! How did it all start?)

All my own articles can be found here.

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In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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