Jason Lilly

Teacher - English, West Virginia Department of Education
Poca, WV, United States

About Jason


The most important thing about me is that I am a husband and a father. I teach high school English and I try to encourage creativity and curiosity in all of my students. I am an amateur theater actor and a Shakespeare enthusiast. I love to travel (though I rarely have the opportunity). I love the outdoors. People think I've lost my mind because I would rather ride my bike 5 miles to work than drive, I can sleep just as well in a sleeping bag as on a mattress, and sunsets can still make me cry.



Areas of Expertise

Shakespeare, American Literature, Writing, Theater Actor , Teaching

An idea worth spreading

Education should do more to show young adults that their world is an amazing place. In spite of technology's ability to connect us, many young adults feel disconnected from and/or bored with their world, their community, and even their home. As a teacher, I encourage my students to use a childlike curiosity to rediscover their world, to be like explorers and discover that the ordinary can be extraordinary. Also, young adults should be encouraged to participate in making their world extraordinary. The education system should be less classroom-instruction dominant and more experiential learning oriented. This system would foster curiosity and creativity and give students the opportunity to see their world from a new perspective and use their knowledge, strengths, and creativity to participate in making their world extraordinary. Community improvement projects, art shows, concerts, museum visits, these are just a few ideas schools could consider to help students see the world anew.

I'm passionate about

Family, Education, Creativity, Curiosity, Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

Talk to me about

Education, theater, Shakespeare, writing, literature, family, outdoor activities

People don't know I'm good at

Washing dishes, singing, acting

My TED story

I'm not really sure what you're asking here, but I'll do what I can. Ken Robinson's talk on schools and creativity really hit home for me. Growing up, I was a hyper kid, often in trouble in class because I couldn't be quiet and wouldn't sit still. When I was a teen, I hated school because I got bored sitting in a classroom. Regardless, I surprised my family by becoming a first generation college student and majoring in Education. In the classroom, I don't expect my students to stay quiet or sit still. I try to design lessons that encourage collaboration, creativity, activity, movement, and most of all spotlight my students' strengths. Too often in school, my weaknesses were judged or punished and my strengths ignored. I don't want this to happen to my students. I want them to see how they are extraordinary and how their world is extraordinary, and use that to make their world even more extraordinary.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Jason Lilly
Posted about 3 years ago
Why should listening be taught as a skill in school?
Well said, Patrick. Thank you for the relevant and informative Latin lesson. You are exactly right. If students feel respected, they will listen. Often, young people put up walls, especially when adults are speaking, and even more so when strange adults are speaking because they have not been respected by most adults they have encountered. So I agree that it begins with respect. Thank you so much for your insight.
Jason Lilly
Posted about 3 years ago
Why should listening be taught as a skill in school?
Thank you, Jennifer. That is what I am talking about. You said it perfectly when you said "he most important lesson in life is to learn to be present in our world." Many young people lack this and it comes as a shock to them later in life when they miss something important. Thank you for understanding and for your input.