Thursday, October 16, 2014

Need some teaching inspiration? Part 1



Some of the wit and wisdom found in Robert John Meehan's
A TEACHER'S TREASURES  BOUNTY FOR ALL:

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


"What keeps teachers going has largely to do with their inner lives. It is their inner spirit that makes and sustains good teachers." 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



“Teaching children is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement.” Robert John Meehan

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

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


"As a teacher you may teach a class, but each child should still feel uniquely taught." Robert John Meehan

"The best collaboration time is spent talking about learning, not talking about teaching." Robert John Meehan


"The best teachers are those who pass on their zeal and enthusiasm as a legacy to their students." 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

"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


"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

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

"If your actions inspire children to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are indeed worthy of the title Teacher." Robert John Meehan

"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


"Where your talents and the needs of your students intersect, there lies your calling as a teacher." Robert John Meehan

"It shouldn't matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop." Robert John Meehan

"Teach as if what you are doing makes a difference. It does." Robert John Meehan

"Too many students don’t know what success feels like, thus failure is no longer scary or painful, it’s become the norm. Help create a new norm." Robert John Meehan

"We are the many collaborators, the many minds and the many hearts working toward the common goal of extraordinary student achievement." 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

"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

"We didn't go into teaching to get rich, but to enrich others." Robert John Meehan


"The best teaching does not come from a political mandate...it comes from the heart of a prepared and caring teacher." Robert John Meehan







"If we want to help children learn and develop, it is important that we don't drag or pull them - just walk with them." Robert John Meehan

"Set your classroom expectations high, the higher the better. Expect the most fantastic things to happen, not in the future but right now!" Robert John Meehan


"Everything we do as parents and teachers must ensure that the child's inherent desire to learn is kept alive." Robert John Meehan

"Most teachers can come to a general consensus that our plates are full. Working smarter, longer and harder isn't always enough." Robert John Meehan

"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

"Did you have a favorite teacher because he or she was able to prepare you for a multiple choice test or because he/she inspired you?" Robert John Meehan





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

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

 "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

 "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

 "If we are truly effective teachers, then we are creating autonomous, independent, and self directed learners." Robert John Meehan
 "Almost every student you meet may be fighting a battle you know nothing about. Stop, think, then make your response accordingly." 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

 "Perseverance is the hard work you do in the classroom after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." Robert John Meehan

 "Seldom will you find a person happy with their successes in life but who can't name a teacher that inspired them along the way." Robert John Meehan
 "A child's creativity is only limited by their parents' willingness to clean up after them."- Robert John Meehan

 "Every ounce of effort we put into our children today will some day be measured and accounted for in our children's futures.”- Robert John Meehan

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

 "EVERY student has special talents. It is our duty and privilege to find these talents and to adapt our lessons to best implement them." Robert John Meehan
 "Although most would see them only as an ocean of small faces, we as teachers see them as the waves that propel us." Robert John Meehan

 "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives." - 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

 "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 teaching experience, it is something that must be purposefully achieved." Robert John Meehan

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