Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Teacher's Pledge

A Teacher's Pledge by Robert John Meehan

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A successful teacher can create a never ending legacy for generations to come...




"Teaching requires risk, an acceptance of uniqueness, a rejection of any form of discrimination and it requires a critical thought of its current practices." Robert John Meehan

"The highest respect should go to those teachers who let their actions rise above other teachers' excuses." Robert John Meehan

"There is no challenge too great for a teacher who has the will, the desire and heart to make it happen." Robert John Meehan

"The strength of our teaching lies in the depth of our convictions and the integrity of our goals." Robert John Meehan

"A successful teacher can create a never ending legacy for generations to come." Robert John Meehan

"The highest level of success in the classroom is only reached with a continuous commitment to excellence." Robert John Meehan

 
"Effective teaching involves a highly distinctive set of human interactions and skills that are not measurable by multiple choice tests alone." Robert John Meehan


"Educate': educere. Essentially 'to educe', to draw forth from. The true work of a teacher:not putting in, but drawing out." Robert John Meehan

"Great schools are nurtured with the cooperation of many teachers with a common vision working toward a common goal of extraordinary student achievement." Robert John Meehan


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Saturday, February 22, 2014

The entire being of any Teacher is within our own hearts...




"I seldom needed to encourage my students to follow their dreams, I simply gave my students the tools and as much freedom as they needed to chase after them." Robert John Meehan

"There are some teachers out there who will tell you that you can't reach all of your students. What you've got to do is turn around and say 'watch me now'." Robert John Meehan

"The entire being of any Teacher is within our own hearts. Although an education prepares us to teach, it is the love of learning that sustains us." Robert John Meehan

"Strive to be  remembered as that teacher that constantly aimed for the exemplary, that never settled for the mediocre and that invariably taught with a limitless passion and vigor.  By having accomplished this, you will most certainly have made this world a far far better place for a great many of our young people." Robert John Meehan

"Exemplary teachers are more than just teacher trained Professionals, they are also highly trained PROFESSIONAL LEARNERS!" Robert John Meehan

"The quality of an exemplary teacher is demonstrated by their willingness to set and maintain the highest standards for themselves and students." Robert John Meehan

"If we are truly effective teachers, then we are creating autonomous, independent, and self directed learners." Robert John Meehan


"As Teachers, we should be the waves that drift around, lift and propel our students out to new places beyond the security of each student's own presumed harbor." Robert John Meehan

"Great classrooms are characterized by positive, open relationships, mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for the learning process." Robert John Meehan 

"Becoming an exemplary teacher is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of the choices we make; it is not something that simply comes with experience, it is something that must be purposefully achieved." Robert John Meehan

Friday, February 14, 2014

A SIMPLE MATTER


 A SIMPLE MATTER
By Robert John Meehan

 My pencil is on the floor
Just what am I to do
I'll not get it with my feet
As the other children do

The test has already started
I'm in danger of falling behind
If only a fellow student
Would return it in ample time

My palms are now sweating
My frustration's beginning to show
No talking is permitted
Thus my pencil lies below

If my eyes were to wander
For a helping hand to find
Would my teacher be believing
Or would questions of cheating be defined

As I squirm anxiously in my seat
There's sweat forming on my brow
I wantingly glance beneath me
Believing I'll  retrieve it yet somehow

A commotion I could make
But others I would distract
Or an illness I could fake
With a slim chance the test retake

I glance up at the clock
With feelings of dismal shock
Wishing in my predicament
My teacher soon takes stock

I hesitatingly raise my hand
As a tear trickles down my cheek
Hoping and praying all along
That my teacher's eyes and mine do meet

But much to my dismay
She's still  looking another way
With hopes of finishing diminishing
I'll need find yet another way

I swallow a gulp of air
In hopes of clearing my throat
In need of my teacher's attention
To questions with answers yet unwrote

In fear of promoting a commotion
I begrudgingly bury my head
Any hopes of a successful solution
Are lost in my feelings of dread

With a tap on my shoulder from behind me
And a tug on my chair's brake release
My teacher's whispering voice reminds me
My wheelchair's brake to release 

With a smile and a nod to assure me
To put my worst expectations to rest
My teacher returns me my pencil
And on I continue my test  
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Exemplary teachers will always care more about the people their students will become ...




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

"It is the open mindedness and the seeking out of new information and practices that insures teachers continued success in the classroom." Robert John Meehan

"The most beneficial reform is the result of people working together to make positive educational change. Become part of that process." Robert John Meehan

"Measuring human growth and development is not like measuring the reproduction of a single model on an assembly line. It is a complex system of helping to figure out where a student is, and how to help them get where they are going." Robert John Meehan


"Nothing that the political education reformist mandate can match the results of a dedicated teacher in a supportive school environment." Robert John Meehan

"Success in most political and business fields depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. Perhaps that explains why we have so many misguided ed reformers and politicians." Robert John Meehan

"I would think that the only people with whom you would ever want to "get even with" are the teachers who inspired you to succeed." Robert John Meehan


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Inventive teachers can create life long learners but a love for learning can not be tested.



"If we want to counter the effects of poverty on the achievement of children, we need to start a whole lot earlier and do a whole lot more." Robert John Meehan

"I don't know about getting rid of older more experienced teachers, but the policy should definitely be applied to elected officials." Robert John Meehan

"We must shift the focus of our classrooms from obedience to understanding." Robert John Meehan

"Inventive teachers can create life long learners but a love for learning can not be tested." Robert John Meehan

"Affluent parents are getting the schools they want. The question is whether they’ll support the schools that help other peoples’ children." Robert John Meehan

"Emulate those teachers that instilled the sense of wonder and curiosity that inspired you." Robert John Meehan

"Many ed reformers have foolishly accepted at face value that teachers in lower income schools are less effective. They couldn't be more wrong." Robert John Meehan

Saturday, February 8, 2014

As Teachers, we should be the waves that drift around...



 

"As Teachers, we should be the waves that drift around, lift and propel our students out to new places beyond the security of each student's own presumed harbor." Robert John Meehan

"Great classrooms are characterized by positive, open relationships, mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for the learning process." Robert John Meehan 

"Becoming an exemplary teacher is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of the choices we make; it is not something that simply comes with experience, it is something that must be purposefully achieved." Robert John Meehan

"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

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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


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Education requires a collective effort...




"Education requires a collective effort: the teacher, the student, the parents, and the community." Robert John Meehan

"Education reform does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. As teachers, positive change has always been our goal." 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

"Great classrooms are characterized by positive, open relationships, mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for the learning process." Robert John Meehan

"We should not lose sight of the fact the most important door a child walks through for their education is the front door of their home." Robert John Meehan