How I Teach – Jason Stephenson

About How I Teach

There is a lot to learn from each other. How I Teach is a segment of determined to highlight the best practices of innovative Oklahoma educators.

School: Deer Creek High School
Subjects or Responsibilities: Pre-AP English 2, Creative Writing 1,  2, and Student Council
Professional Organizations: Executive Board Member, Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English | Certified Teacher Consultant, Oklahoma Writing Project
One word that best describes how you teach: Student-centered
Class rules: [1] Work hard. [2] Be nice.
Twitter: @teacherman82

Short Answer
Below are excerpts and linked shortcuts. Click on the question to watch Mr. Stephenson’s response to each question or watch the full interview here.

  1. How is your classroom organized?
  2. How do you relate to your students? I try to share the learning process with them. When I assign an essay, I write the essay first. I think that really helps with establishing trust and establishing respect… 
  3. What apps/tools/resources can’t you teach without? Classroom Organizer…
  4. What’s your best time-saving trick? When grading papers, don’t mark all the grammatical techniques. Instead, use the “dot” technique…
  5. What are you currently reading?
  6. Are you more of an introvert of an extrovert? Introvert…
  7. What’s your best classroom management story or technique?
  8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? You got to be friends with your students…

Fill in the blanks

  1. I’d love to meet Penny Kittle for coffee and talk about writing. 
  2. My definition of creativity is “hard work”. Creativity is in danger right now…
  3. I’d love to see Donalyn Miller answer these same questions.

Mr Stephenson's Room