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adventures in teaching creative writing

About

Jason Stephenson, a lifelong learner, enjoys teaching high school students.  He has taught ten years at Deer Creek High School. Before that, he taught two years at Deer Creek Middle School.  Now entering his thirteenth year of teaching, Jason received his master’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma in May 2015.

Jason belongs to the Oklahoma Writing Project (OWP), a professional organization of teachers devoted to improving writing instruction. He became a teacher consultant for OWP in 2009 and has since presented workshops for teachers in cities such as Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Moore, Chandler and most recently, Mangum. In 2010, he served as a coach at the OWP summer institute for teachers, and in 2011 he served as the director of the summer institute. If you would like Jason to present to your faculty on any aspect of writing instruction, please contact Audra Plummer, co-director for in-service for the Oklahoma Writing Project, at owpcodirector@yahoo.com or 405-401-1348.

Jason grew up in southeastern Oklahoma in Atoka and Holdenville. In high school, he played the trumpet in band, competed on the academic team, and planned school activities on student council. His graduating class had 76 students. He was one of seven valedictorians for the class of 2001.

Oklahoma Baptist University was Jason’s first and only choice for college. He majored in English Education (not once changing his major!) and maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while also staying active in many campus organizations  including Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honor society with an unfortunate acronym), Campus Activities Board (student functions), and Mortar Board (academic honor society). He graduated summa cum laude in 2005.

Jason believes that every student can succeed. He enjoys challenging his students to become better readers and writers. His English classroom functions as a reading and writing workshop.

Jason’s about.me profile has links to his Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook, tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube channel, and SlideShare page.

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: Helping Students to Fall in Love with Books: THOUGHTS ON INDEPENDENT READING | The Literacy Cookbook blog

  2. Debi Weinberg on said:

    Thanks for your writing on Black Out poetry. Going to try it with my creative writing class which is full of boys who made the “I rather vomit” face when the poetry unit was started last week. I’m also leading them into the fray with exposure to WWI and II poetry- since many of them play battle video games – to show them various forms of the genre. Tomorrow the markers come out!
    Debi

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