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I’ve (strikethru! ‘signed up to research’) reached the endgame of my PhD in the School of Education at Trinity College, Dublin. My topic is TeachMeet, the research is an exploration of the essence, the nature, the niche of TeachMeet. It’s a part-time adventure, so there is also a real life! The supervisory team is Dr Keith Johnston of the School of Education and TCD Visiting Fellow Dr Richard Millwood . Anything that need to be shared online will be on display, or be linked to, from here. Most items hanging here so far are what I call ‘procrastinactions’ – stuff being done when I really should be doing ‘proper’ writing. In full nihil de nobis, sine nobis mode, all items are presented with an invitation for the interested and the informed to send me an email at

My ORCID research profile is at

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I’m very slowly (get this – I’m the turtliest of tortoises) building a dissertation housing my findings out about TeachMeet itself; in the meantime all the interim stuff that will be left hanging here:

Item 1: Context –  my ‘TeachMeet in 3’ podcast and memo with a brief recording of my answer to the most often asked question about TeachMeet – ‘So, what happens at a TeachMeet?”.

Item 2: Evolution of TeachMeet – the Timeline, very much a work in progress. This has been fun – it has a beginning, fifteen years of a middle, but the end is as yet undetermined.

Item 3: PeriodicTableTeachMeetElementsA3 – This was constructed, peppered with a pinch of salt, during my deep dive into all things TeachMeet as 2016 merged into 2017.

Item 4: Genesis – What I’m calling UnravellingTheUnconference – researching one unconference naturally leads to all sorts of distraction following the branches backwards to the roots at Open Space Technology (for now…there’s scope for ‘Infinity and Beyond’ in this quest).

Item 5: What I now call Ewan McIntosh’s Four ‘Pillars’ of TeachMeet – love this.

Item 6: 90 second video I made for some colleagues to use at a formal meeting in Ireland.

Item 7: A collection of online posts that I call OnceUponATeachMeet (wiki, blogs, news media) formed from the ‘breadcrumb pathway’ I followed online when I started thinking about thinking about this project. It is a cut ‘n paste directory of those wiki entries, blog posts and articles that chronicle the founding, origins, and early evolution of “this thing” called TeachMeet. Collated by Mags Amond, with some editing (mainly a light sprinkling of apostrophes and commas to spare the blushes). (Make a cuppa first – it’s 31 pages long.) [The original download had a giant typo mistake – Iain Hallahan was referred to as Iain Hallinan – mea cupla, and my deepest apologies to Iain for any versions of the mutation that escaped into the wild.]

Item 8: Dictionary Quest – a reminder of a call sent out on Twitter to try to get TeachMeet into the dictionary – it’s a bit mad doing a PhD on something that hasn’t yet been defined. Feel free to pop along and retweet either, or both. Every little helps. (Update – I have since found one definition offered in an online  Dictionary of Education, yay; but I’d feel happier if it was in *the* Oxford English Dictionary , especially the online version @oed).

Item 9: A thought about TeachMeet as ‘desire line’. This has become a huge part of my thinking since it first flashed thru my head, twitter timeline, and the blog post. It is my central metaphor, or mental model for TeachMeet.

Item 10: – an 18 minute narration of the origins of TeachMeet as discovered in a variety of blog posts, online media reports, newspaper articles. As it is a .wav file, perhaps make a cuppa while it is loading.


Item 11: John Johnston, one of the three founders of TeachMeet, hosts a weekly chat about education, called Radio Edutalk. He and I spoke in November 2017, tune in here.

Item 12: Date pertaining to TeachMeets advertised in the UK and Ireland between January and June 2016 is mapped in a Google Fusion Table here TeachMeetsSharedData.

Item 13: added 2018: A conference paper, outlining what I’ve found out to date, was written with Keith and Richard and presented by me at INTED 2018 in Valencia. This in itself was an experience for me – the writing of the paper was tough but the interest of those (academics from all over the world) who attended the presentation and discussion was hugely rewarding. The paper, Self-Organised CPD, the TeachMeet Phenomenon, is published in the conference proceedings; but as that is behind a very high paywall, ping me at for a pdf copy.
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.1036

Item 14: I played with Steve Powell’s elegant Theory Maker software and came up with this … not sure what i will do with it but I like it.

Item 15: added 2020: A second paper, this time with Keith Johnston, Richard Millwood, and Ewan McIntosh for the HEAd’20 (online) conference, summarising the analysis of the participants’ tales of impact that Ewan invited to celebrate 10 years of TeachMeet. doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.1036

Item 16: added 2020: The community booklet PDF version of Item 15 is over on the “me” page of this blog, as is a dataset of some TeachMeets in 2013, 2016, 2019 that Richard and I saved before Google Fusion Maps went away.

Item 17: added 2021: A podcast conversation with Dr Shelli Ann Garland in which my emergent TeachMeet research findings feature

Item 18: added 2021: “Finding TeachMeet“, a 4 minute video af a nanopresentation for Feilte 2021 TeachMeet online – this outlines one section of findings from analysis of responses to questions about motivation to participate

Item 19: a podcast conversation with Ewan McIntosh, hosted by Hassan Dabbagh of the CESI Staffroom podcast, and produced by John Heffernan. Hassan named it “TeachMeets, Groovy Work, and Building the best school in the world“. This was a relaxed look back, look around, and look forward. [in placing the link here I realise what people mean when they say ” … and wherever you go for your podcasts”.

Item 20: A.pdf transcript of the audio from conversation in Item 19. [All transcription errors mine.]

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