Keep Calm and Shoot Straight

A Blog for Teachers
by Mary Jean Powers

Leaving a Legacy with Colleagues

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “The difference between legend and legacy is the difference between what you do versus who you are. It’s how you invest your life rather than where you spend your life.”Walking along the canals and...

Book Review: Teaching to Change Lives by Dr. Howard Hendricks

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “It is the teacher’s mission … by sympathy, by example, and by every means of influence – by objects for the sense, by facts for the intelligence – to excite the mind of the pupils, to stimulate...

Flies, Juan, and Teacher

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “If we begin by choosing to value that both ourselves and our students have a human dignity, then we have a common ground to establish a learning relationship.”These are journal excerpts taken from...

The Power of Story

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “What situation will arise where [the learner] is going to need to use the information? Tell that story.” I’ve seen it time and again. Students slouched in their chairs, heads hanging, eyes staring...

The Teacher’s Attitude

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.”at·​ti·​tude | \ ˈa-tə-ˌtüd 1 : a position assumed for a specific purpose 2a : a mental position with regard...

Make a Difference

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” Over a 5-year period, I had the distinct privilege of repeatedly visiting the same South American country 13 times. Why? To invest...

A Prayer for Words of Life

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” How important are our words? Our tone? Our inflections? Several years ago, I began researching all the Bible verses...

Be Careful With Students

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers "Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."Today I looked up synonyms for the word careful. Are you ready for this? Alert, aware, attentive, watchful, cautious,...

To Learn Is to Teach Is to Learn

Keep Calm and Shoot Straight A Blog for Teachers by Mary Jean Powers “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” It doesn’t take much teaching experience to realize that, on any given day, you will learn more than your students! Teaching is one of...

Priceless Mentors

I noticed two Catholic priests together at the Denver airport, and then again in Houston. Since we were waiting for the same plane to Chihuahua City, I approached them, asking if we could speak;