Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education

Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education


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ISBN-13: 9781483307831
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 524,724
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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Debbie Silver is truly a “teacher’s teacher!” She is a former science teacher and an award-winning educator with 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. Along the way she has taught almost every grade level and most every kind of student.

Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and professional development presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to her use of humor and sensitivity to remind them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Her insights into student and teacher behavior are extraordinary. Through research-based theory, poignant stories, and hilarious characterizations she connects with the souls of all who are involved in education.

Dr. Silver has been an invited author for several educational journals and has given keynotes at state, national, and international conferences in 49 states, throughout Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, and Asia.

Debbie is the author of the bestselling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning. She is a co-author of Because You Teach and Middle School Matters. Songs she co-wrote with Monte Selby are featured on his latest cds. She and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, have five grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren (so far). They live with two dogs in Melissa, Texas.

Debbie can be reached through her website:

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Chapter 1. Choosing to Become a Teacher Is a Telling Vote for Optimism
Chapter 2. I'm Not an Optimist, but Hopefully, One Day I Will Be
Chapter 3. "But We Have This ONE Teacher Who Keeps Ruining Things for Everyone! "
Chapter 4. Building Healthy Relationships and an Optimistic Shared Community
Chapter 5. Creating the Optimistic Classroom: Building a Relationship Culture
Chapter 6. Reclaiming the Joy in Our Classrooms and Our Curriculum
Chapter 7. Balancing Your Life to Promote Optimism
Chapter 8. Joyful School Communities: The Sum of Their Parts

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