Sunday, September 21, 2014

Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement.


"Be a reflective teacher. Honestly look at what you do from time to time. Evaluate the purpose of your role as a teacher."- Robert John Meehan

"Your life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner."- Robert John Meehan 


"Learning becomes relevant when we connect it with reality." - Robert John Meehan 


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A great teacher is someone...




"Our teaching should always be artfully crafted. It should impart something that is in itself sacred to the senses of our students."- Robert John Meehan

"Be diligent in trusting that what we do in the classroom could possibly echo for a lifetime in the heart of a student."- Robert John Meehan


"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding."- Robert John Meehan


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Although most would see them only as an ocean of small faces...




"Better teaching never comes from a political mandate...it comes from the heart of a prepared and caring teacher."- Robert John Meehan

 "Teach with a renewed appreciation of its consequences and you will never cease to realize the infinite possibilities within your reach."- Robert John Meehan

"Although most would only see our students as an ocean of small faces, as teachers we see them as the waves that propel us."- Robert John Meehan


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The quality of an exemplary teacher is...




"If your actions in the classroom inspire children to achieve more, question more, and dream more, you are indeed worthy of the title "Teacher." - 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


"A really great teacher will make learning likely, not just possible."- Robert John Meehan 

Teachers are unique problem solvers...






"Your career as a teacher is going to fill a large part of your life. The only way to be a truly satisfied teacher is to do it with passion and vigor."- Robert John Meehan

 "It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need  and the politicians have to hold bake sales to support their campaigns."- Robert John Meehan

"As a teacher you have to be committed to learning for a lifetime first before you can lead your students down that path."- Robert John Meehan

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Great Teachers rise to the top...




"Almost every student you meet may be fighting a battle you know nothing about. Stop, think, then make your response accordingly."- Robert John Meehan

"A good teacher must be able to empathize what it must be like to struggle to learn something that may have come so easily to them."- Robert John Meehan
 
"Nothing that the political ed reformist mandate can match the results of a dedicated teacher in a "supportive" school environment." - Robert John Meehan


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The well being of any teacher is within our own hearts.





"Repeated high stakes testing has only proven that five out of four students have trouble with fractions."- Robert John Meehan

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As teachers we spend little time focusing on what has been accomplished; we focus mainly on what remains to be done."- Robert John Meehan


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Imagine if people were as passionate about education as they are about pop culture."- Robert John Meehan

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Every day you teach you have two options...




"Pursue confidently your dreams of being a teacher. Teach each day as you once imagined you would. Don't let today's obstacles keep you from yesterday's dreams."- 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

 
"We've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of our student's success." - Robert John Meehan

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Teacher's Journey by Robert John Meehan

Teacher's Journey
Teacher's Journey
The Road Less Traveled
by Robert Meehan
52 pages - $7.99 (paperback)
     Robert John Meehan's poetic insight into the heart and soul of both teacher and student tugs at readers' emotions like few writers can. His depth of experience as a teacher in some of the nation's most difficult schools over a period of four decades is deeply embedded in each of his selections of poetry. His ability to share the joy, sorrows, and at times, the horror of teaching in today's inner city schools is brought to the forefront in each of the poems included in his The Teacher's Journey.
     Meehan has accomplished much over the past decades in encouraging other teachers to share their feelings, emotions, and experiences in working with students. Follow Meehan as he inspires students and teachers alike in The Teacher's Journey to understanding the meaning of being an authentically effective teacher.


 


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Teacher's Journey
The Road Less Traveled
by Robert Meehan
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Better teaching never comes from a political mandate...







"A great teacher is someone who can learn from his students, who can learn with them, and learns for them."- Robert John Meehan

"The real skills that must be developed in school must involve doing rather than simply knowing."- Robert John Meehan

"Our children need strong figures in their lives; do not allow the corporate media to provide these figures for you." - Robert John Meehan 




Demanding that students test well in the absence of appropriate resources...









"As teachers we must adjust to the ever changing mandates but still hold to the unchanging principles that every child can and will succeed."- 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


"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

Be a reflective teacher...









"A gifted teacher is not only prepared to meet the needs of today's child, but is also prepared to foresee the hopes and dreams in every child's future."- Robert John Meehan 


" An exemplary teacher will not just enlighten the student, but will also empower the student."- Robert John Meehan

"If real learning is to take place, our classrooms must be dependent on the collaboration of its learners, not solely on the knowledge of its teachers." Robert John Meehan
 

Pursue confidently your dreams of being a teacher...




"The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives."- Robert John Meehan
 
"Due to recent budget cuts, the 'light at the end of the tunnel' has been turned off for far too many of our students currently needing the most assistance."- Robert John Meehan

"Every time I hear another hedge fund manager talk about school reform, I worry even more about the direction education reform is taking."- Robert John Meehan

Don't struggle to be a better teacher...





"Don't struggle to be a better teacher than everybody else. Simply be a better teacher than you ever thought you could be."- Robert John Meehan

"Be diligent in believing that what we do in the classroom could possibly echo for a lifetime in the heart of a student."- Robert John Meehan

"The whole 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 










If we want our children to learn and develop...








"One teacher with a desire to teach the least desired children is equal to a force of 100 corporate ed reformers who have only a passing interest in them."- Robert John Meehan

"As teachers we must adjust to the ever changing political education mandates but still hold to the unchanging principles that every child can and will succeed."- 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
 

Our teaching should always be artfully crafted...









"You might be just one person to the world, but you might be the world to one young student."- Robert John Meehan


"A key to growing as a teacher is to keep company mainly with teachers who uplift you, whose presence inspire you and whose dedication drives you."- Robert John Meehan



"Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement."- Robert John Meehan
  

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A great teacher is someone who can learn...









"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


"Do your best, give your best and know that in doing so you will enhance the quality of a child's life.' - Robert John Meehan



"A teacher needs to have the vision and conviction that dreams can and will be achieved."- Robert John Meehan

An exemplary teacher will not just enlighten the student...






"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

 

"Every time I hear another hedge fund manager talk about school reform, I worry even more about the direction education reform is taking."- Robert John Meehan


"As teachers, we have the ability to rebuild the world for our students. By our sincere efforts we can make their world more rewarding, more gratifying and perhaps... even more significant." Robert John Meehan 

It shouldn't matter how slowly a child learns...









"A well prepared and engaging teacher is a catalyst... a spark that creates the desire to learn in our students."- Robert John Meehan



"A gifted teacher is not only prepared to meet the needs of today's child, but is also prepared to foresee the hopes and dreams in every child's future." ~ 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