TeachMeets are free, informal, collaborative experiences organised by educators, for educators in order to share ideas, good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching to support each other's professional growth. TeachMeets are centered around a key topic or question for sharing and discussion.
Capital City Kāhui Ako, has been using this format of PLD to provide opportunities for teachers to connect and collaborate around educational topics that are of interest and relevance to them.
ANYONE can host a TeachMeet, all teachers are potential hosts and participants. Typically a TeachMeet would have a person to facilitate discussion and one or two other educators who would provide a brief micro-presentation (two – five minutes) on their ideas to other interested teachers. Then other teacher's are invited to discuss and share their thoughts, practices and innovations. An example of TeachMeet operation is below.
TeachMeet takeaways include the notes recorded of discussion and shared ideas, innovations and micro-presentations.