Friday, April 25, 2014

I Am Defiance


I Am Defiance

Robert John Meehan

You heard my voice
Long into the night

You felt my presence
As your dreams took flight

You tossed and turned
As I embattled your night

And as I made you squirm
Throughout this disquieted night

Your mind grew weary
As I demanded with spite

That in all your dreams
I belonged this night

I haunted your dreams
As you cursed the night

From dusk to dawn
Not a moment's respite

Your thoughts soon turned
To the morning's first light

Knowing again this morning
Your patience I'll fight

You sensed my wrath
You knew your doom

Another day's energy
Will be mine too soon

Your hopes, desires
And lessons planned

All soon will fade
At my every demand

The floor is all swept
The desks are all kept

The classroom is lit
They know where to sit

The bell has now rung
For all you to greet

All one
Are found in their seat


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's the little conversations that build the relationships and make an impact on each student...

"If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you without hesitation: I was born to be a teacher." Robert John Meehan

"Empathy and understanding are essential concepts needed to deepen our understanding of today's youth." Robert John Meehan

"Often we do a greater amount of good when we "listen" to our students than when we "teach" them." Robert John Meehan

"Teachers change lives because of who we are as human beings: how well we listen, encourage, and help students believe in themselves." Robert John Meehan

"We are not "just" teachers, We are the managers of the world's greatest resource: CHILDREN !" Robert John Meehan

"It's the little conversations that build the relationships and make an impact on each student." Robert John Meehan

"Nothing is so fatal to the well being of our children as remaining indifferent to the education we provide them." Robert John Meehan

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Children need to be challenged and pushed, not to the point where they give up but ...

"Sharing our experiences, our successes, our failures, is a great way to help other teachers and to contribute with educational reform." Robert John Meehan

"Chasing test scores is not synonymous with building and nurturing a culture of learning." Robert John Meehan

"Some students can be extremely frustrating, distant and downright irritating, but they are children, and should be treated as such." Robert John Meehan

"The teacher’s demonstrated attitude of respect and empathy can be a significant factor in successfully working with challenging students." Robert John Meehan

"Make sure that our methodology is not simply packaging old wine in new bottles. Teaching today requires a whole new vineyard." Robert John Meehan

"Children need to be challenged and pushed, not to the point where they give up but to the point where they think, "Wow, look at me go!" Robert John Meehan

"As teachers we believe that something must be done. We can’t just sit down and wait for other people to do something." Robert John Meehan

"Teachers are unique problem solvers by character, temperament, and resilience. Teachers can not be manufactured." Robert John Meehan

"If a strong parent is lacking to demand excellence and instill them with a desire to get better in everything they do, then teachers must fill that role." Robert John Meehan 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Teachers must be that Trusted Beacon in the often times tumultuous sea of life ...

"It's amazing what children can accomplish in the classroom when they don't know what they can't learn." Robert John Meehan

"If we balance the budget on the back of the educational system, we will be paying for it for years to come." Robert John Meehan

"It is shortsighted to believe that better education comes from setting up schools that exclude the very children needing the most help." Robert John Meehan

Exemplary teachers will always care more about the people their students will become than the scores on the tests they take." Robert John Meehan

"The education reformers have become so enamored with the structure and management of education that they've forgotten about the substance of learning." Robert John Meehan

"Doctor's mistakes are in the cemetery and lawyers' mistakes are in prison, teachers' mistakes get elected." - Robert John Meehan

"Failing CEO's get bonuses.Teachers lose pensions. So we can get better teachers by increasing class size and paying them less?" Robert John Meehan

"Teaching is a journey... but one where it's good news when you lose your baggage."- Robert John Meehan

"Teachers must be that Trusted Beacon in the often times tumultuous sea of life in which our youth are so often set adrift." Robert John Meehan

"Good teaching isn't so much about the teacher's technique, but about their having some sort of connective capacity with their students." Robert John Meehan

Saturday, April 5, 2014

True teachers rise to the top not by chance but through passion and purpose...

"True teachers rise to the top not by chance but through passion and purpose." Robert John Meehan

"Think for a moment about the people who have inspired you most in your life. Chances are, one of them was a teacher." Robert John Meehan

"Students and teachers do not exist just within a school, they exist within communities ... we also need to have community improvement plans." Robert John Meehan

"It appears that most recent "reform"efforts are aimed at de-humanizing education. The business model for education will eventually fail us." Robert John Meehan

"Demanding that students test well in the absence of appropriate resources is disheartening for teachers and disastrous for students." Robert John Meehan

"For most of us teaching is not just what earns our paycheck. Teaching is what we were put on earth to do." Robert John Meehan

"Perhaps Congress is teaching our children a lesson: do all of your work right before it's due, then demand a pat on the back and an A+." Robert John Meehan

"Every day that you teach you have two options: be focused, passionate and caring, or to be focused, passionate and caring." Robert John Meehan 

Friday, April 4, 2014


By Robert John Meehan

Personal attention
a gifted child leads
Personal attention
an average child needs
Personal attention
at risk child pleads
Personal attention
a dyslexic child reads
Personal attention
an autistic child deeds
Personal attention
a parent plants the seeds
Personal attention
is what every child needs
Thus, Personal attention
is what every teacher heeds 
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