Keep Calm and Shoot Straight

A Blog for Teachers
by Mary Jean Powers

And Just Like That … it’s over

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”   The month of May marks the end of the school year in many places around the world. Classrooms which were … just...

Tag-Team Teaching

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “Co-teaching does not exist solely to bring two teachers together. Co-teaching exists to serve students.” \ Have you ever tried it? Two knowledgeable, enthusiastic teachers, co-communicating a...

A Prayer for Creativity and Hope

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.”Lord, You are a Teacher of teachers. I need You to teach me how to teach! I come today with...

Thankless or Thankful?

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers "When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in." Thankless …Some say that teaching is a thankless job. I’ll admit that it is quite rare for...

Teachers as Blessers

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers "A blessing is an impartation of life which empowers me to become the one I’ve been created to be."“Bless you!” we say to a student when they sneeze. “Bless your heart” we say to someone for whom we...

That moment when…

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “Every student can learn. Just not on the same day or in the same way.” I showed the video, engaged kinesthetic learning, dramatized the story, explained the application, sang the song, created the...

On Being Cool

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers If you've gotta think about being cool, you ain't cool. Yesterday I spent a few hours participating in an online seminar with a school faculty. Again today, it occurs to me that teachers are some of...

I SEE you …

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers I’m attracted to people who want to see me grow.To be seen. Isn’t that the cry of everyone’s heart? “Would somebody please see me?” Our students mask this cry, each in his own way. I used to ask my...

Don’t Do This Alone!

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers Intercession means raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person for whom we are praying. We are standing on the border of another new year. As much as we would...

Christmas Vacation

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers Vacation - an extended period of leisure and recreation; the action of leaving something one previously occupied “Christmas Vacation” is a time when much of the academic world takes a break from...