You may have seen the word TeachMeet used in association with Drake Music at conferences and events and be wondering what it means.
Here is a quick overview:
A TeachMeet is a democratic event where the content of the meeting is informed by attendees, followed by a facilitated discussion. It is often used in education settings for teachers to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology.
Since 2013, Drake Music have pioneered the use of the ‘TeachMeet’ format around special educational needs and/ or disabilities (SEN/D) and music education.
In that time we have held numerous TeachMeet events across the country, both in schools and at conferences involving hundreds of people: disabled musicians, music teachers, hub leaders, community musicians and more.
What happens at a TeachMeet event?
At a TeachMeet, interested participants typically say in advance what they’d like to present about and this then forms the first part of the session. A presentation normally lasts between 5 – 10 minutes.
Common topics include:
- An outline of a strategic approach to improving SEN/D provision
- An experience someone has had in SEN/D and music education
- An approach to working in a particular setting
- A piece of assistive music technology or software they are using
- Assessment and accreditation in SEN/D and music education
The audience can then ask questions. Once the presentations are finished, a general discussion or debate could be had around a given topic; or participants can have refreshments and network/ chat informally amongst themselves.
In our experience the TeachMeet format is effective because:
- It is less formal and more democratic than traditional meetings or training events.
- It enables many ideas, approaches or equipment to be shared within a group in a short amount of time.
- There are opportunities for the audience to then catch up with individual presenters to find out more.
- There are opportunities for informal networking.