Debbie Silver

Debbie Silver

  • Educator, author and humorist
  • Expert in motivational theory of adults and children
  • High energy, fun and master of collaboration

Travels from Dallas, TX


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With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver doesn’t just know her way around the classroom – she skillfully helps educators overcome challenges at every level, from kindergarten to college. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year engages audiences around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia), helping educators to interact with students on a deeper level.

Debbie’s best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning, has been recognized for its insights into research-based models, teaching strategies, management tips, and inspirational “from-the-heart” lessons for addressing individual differences. It is her humor, her practicality, and her ability to connect with students, teachers, parents, and administrators, however, that has made her a popular choice for keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions.

Her newest release, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is being heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a “fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better.” In her book, she explains motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.

Her mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication.  She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to have fun and stay in touch with their passion, in order to make their biggest impact in the classroom.

When she’s not working as an educational speaker and motivator, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and  their five sons and their families.

Keynotes

Be a Teacher — Be a Hero!

In this presentation Debbie Silver utilizes humor and thoughtful insights to remind audiences of how important teachers (and other educators) are in the lives of children. Through poignant stories and hilarious characterizations, Debbie connects with the souls of all who work with students. Audience members laugh and cry as Debbie reminds them of the value of each and every child in the classroom.

Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Engaging All Learners

Based on her best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Finding the Rhythm for Differentiating Learning, Debbie Silver offers her wisdom and humor to answer the question, “How do we engage students from all backgrounds and experiences?” She demonstrates how to capitalize on student strengths and elicit greater achievement gains and higher motivation among students. Dr. Silver shares her views on what she considers a non-negotiable in education – that every student deserves a reasonable chance at success. Participants leave with new ideas for creative instructional and assessment strategies as well as ideas for preparing 21st century learners.

The Art and Heart of Education
Note: This keynote is a blend of “Be a Teacher — Be a Hero,” and “Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers.”

In this presentation Dr. Debbie Silver utilizes humor and compassion to remind audiences how important all adult advocates are in the lives of students. She demonstrates how to build relationships with students while challenging them to reach higher goals. Her belief is that all children have gifts, and educators hold the important key for getting students to “open them.” Audiences laugh and cry as they are reminded about the value of each and every learner and the joy of connecting with students.

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed

Do ask ever yourself, “Just how am I supposed to motivate these kids?” The real question, of course, is how to we get them to motivate themselves? Based on extensive research for her new book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, Dr. Debbie Silver offers surprising new findings about fundamental ways we can change our teaching practices to help kids become self-motivated. Come prepared to have your thinking challenged and to receive a multitude of strategies that help learners develop internal motivation and resiliency.

Pay It Forward

In this celebration of educational employees Debbie Silver congratulates those who “go outside the lines” to ensure the best environment for all students. She utilizes humor and reflective insights to remind audiences of how important all the adults in school are in the lives of children. Through poignant stories and hilarious characterizations, Debbie connects with the souls of all who work with students. Audience members laugh and cry as Debbie reminds them of the value of each and every student at school.

  • All presentations are 1-3 hours. 
  • Ideal for employees, leaders, executives, managers, salespeople

WORKSHOPS

Basic Training in Differentiated Instruction

Ready to start differentiating instruction but don’t know where to start? This session offers a quick overview of the basics of D.I. and tips for beginners and intermediates in implementing a student-centered program. Strategies, examples, and resources are presented and discussed. Bring your questions.

Classroom Management Through Positive, Proactive Strategies

This session is a MUST for new teachers, teachers who are experiencing difficulty with classroom management, teachers who need to be “recharged,” or administrators who want to help their staffs work towards being more student-centered. Dr. Debbie Silver offers simple, practical, helpful tips on everything from how to begin the very first day of school to how to trouble-shoot with disruptive students. Included are tips on student-centered discipline along with basic classroom routines and procedures. Teachers in the session laugh, think, and go back to their classrooms with scores of ideas on how to establish a classroom environment that facilitates learning.

Cooperative Learning For Generation 2.0

Recent research clearly demonstrates that students who frequently engage in well-structured cooperative learning settings are better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This workshop is designed to help teachers set up a learning environment that fosters collaboration and cooperation among class members.
In this session, participants work collaboratively on engaging tasks while practicing basic cooperative learning strategies. Beginners gain confidence to try it, while experienced cooperative grouping managers acquire new ideas that are aligned with project-based learning and needed 21st century skills.

Creating a Classroom Culture That Works for You

This session explores emerging brain research on the neurobiology of emotions and its links to learning. Dr. Debbie Silver demonstrates applications of classroom strategies designed to foster emotional health and enhance students’ ability to learn. From anti-bullying techniques to suggestions on how to improve interpersonal communication skills with and among students Dr. Silver offers helpful tips on creating a classroom environment that is safe for everyone (including the teacher). Her ideas can be integrated into any grade level or subject discipline. Audience participants join in activities that teach empathy, impulse control, and other fundamentals of emotional competence.

Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education

How do teachers maintain a positive learning environment while addressing increased emphasis on standards, new teacher evaluations, and other challenges in education? Dr. Debbie Silver discusses how educators can maintain a sense of self as well as help their students become independent, resilient learners. Through her research and understanding of human behavior, Debbie provides insights into how to maintain one’s sanity while giving every student a reasonable chance at success. Using her well-known candor and sense of humor, Debbie offers participants

Differentiating Instruction to Provide Every 21st Century Learner with a Reasonable Chance at Success

Based on her best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Finding the Rhythm for Differentiating Learning, Debbie Silver offers her wisdom and humor to answer the question, “How do we engage students who march to the beat of a different drummer?” Debbie discusses how to give students multiple opportunities to internalize information and to demonstrate what they know and understand. She demonstrates how to use components

Earth to Educator, Earth to Educator, Are You There?

This workshop is perfect for anyone involved in education. It is designed to improve the communication skills of educators in their many daily interactions with others. Dr. Debbie Silver leads audience members through activities designed to enhance the written and verbal communication skills needed for dealing with students, colleagues, administrators, and

Engaging Parents in Today’s Business of Schooling

Today, more than ever, schools need parents as partners in the matter of educating their children. In this presentation, Dr. Debbie Silver offers proven procedures and basic, sensible methods for engaging parents at every level. Dr. Silver also explores the dynamics of interpersonal relationships when dealing with parents. She offers a twist in perspective in that she has five very different sons who went through the public school system with varying degrees of success. The importance of professionalism, positive interaction, and compassion are emphasized.

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed

In the globalized, digital, common core world of the 21st Century, learners will be required to be more self-reliant and more self-motivated than at perhaps any other time. Dr. Debbie Silver explores what teachers and parents must do to ensure that students become the independent, resilient learners they need to be. Based on her new book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, Dr. Debbie Silver offers surprising breakthrough research to both inform and challenge audiences. Participants leave with a better understanding of internal motivation along with a myriad of ideas for helping students to become successful lifelong learners.

Fear of Failure- Why Both Gifted & Talented and Struggling Students Stop Trying

Ever wonder why those who “seem to have everything” often fail to maximize their potential? Do you teach students who not only refuse to try but also become obstinate when asked to attempt new or novel concepts? Based on our research on student motivation this session will explore the phenomenon of learners whose mindsets literally immobilize their achievement and their ability to enjoy life. Dr. Debbie Silver discusses emerging research on attribution theory, self-fulfilling prophecy, “mind-sets,” and offers practical solutions for helping students achieve a life-long love for learning.

Going “Outside the Lines” to Provide Every 21st Century Learner With a Reasonable Chance at Success

Based on her best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Finding the Rhythm for Differentiating Learning, Debbie Silver offers her wisdom and humor to answer the question, “How do we engage students who march to the beat of a different drummer?” Debbie discusses how to give students multiple opportunities to internalize information and to show what they understand. She demonstrates how to use components of differentiated learning, technology, and common core curriculum to maximize instruction for 21st century learners.

Great Teaching Tips I’ve Stolen From My Friends

In this session Dr. Silver mixes her own considerable classroom experience, her background as a university methods professor, her observations as a supervisor of teachers, and ideas from 100’s of her colleagues. She offers numerous tips on everything from teacher time management to how to find and stick to one’s own personal rhythm for teaching. Mixed with both heart and humor this presentation is a wonderful gift for those new to the teaching profession as well as those who wish to be renewed.
Helping Teachers Find the “Beat of Their Different Marchers“ (D.I. for Grown-ups)

Does working with teachers sometimes feel like you are dealing with students – only they are taller and less flexible? This session will help you help your staff become true D.I. advocates as they embrace the its key components. Based on her work with the book, Because You Teach, co-written with Monte Selby, Rick Wormeli, and Kathy Hunt, Dr. Debbie Silver demonstrates activities that can be used to engage all staff members in meaningful discussions about how best to serve students. These music-oriented tools and strategies can be use for faculty meetings, in-service presentations, small group discussions, and individual assignments. Come enjoy the fun while learning a few “tricks of the trade” for promoting D.I. to other educators.

Helping Teachers to “Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8”

In this session Dr. Debbie Silver discusses surprising and fundamental ways teachers can help students become self motivated. She offers tips on how administrators can support teachers in their efforts to give every student a reasonable chance at success. While addressing the variance in teacher personalities and approaches, she will demonstrate effective methods for positively communicating with all the adult advocates on staff. Through research, humor, anecdotes, and modeling Debbie demonstrates how best to deal with all types of teachers.

Middle School Matters

In this celebration of middle school educators Dr. Debbie Silver congratulates those who “go outside the lines” to ensure the best environment for all middle level students. She addresses the specific developmental levels of young adolescents as well as their unique attributions and peculiarities. Dr. Silver believes that middle school is “the last best hope” for many of our students, and she is passionate about preparing them for the next phase of their lives. Debbie offers specific strategies, engaging techniques, and proven activities to “go in after” every middle level learners. Through her poignant stories and humorous anecdotes she connects with the souls of all who have taught, who currently teach, or who hope to teach middle school in the future.
A New Look At Learning Style

Even though there is ongoing debate about whether or not learners tend to be one particular style or another, most educators agree that students seem to differ in the ways they best internalize information. Educators need to be aware of the primary learning styles so they can offer a range of opportunities to enhance student learning as well as appreciate the various ways students and other adults “make sense of their worlds.”
This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with the four learning styles identified and studied by Dr. Anthony Gregorc, as well as, with Susan Cain’s groundbreaking study of extroverts and introverts. While exploring their own learning styles, participants examine how to interact positively with those whose styles are dissimilar. Dr. Debbie Silver uses humor, role-playing, and anecdotes to demonstrate how best to deal with the varied learning styles of students and the adults who work with them.

The Nuts & Bolts of Active Learning: Purposeful, Successful Strategies for Every Classroom

Active learning engages students cognitively and physically in the educational process. It encourages students to generate new information rather than simply receive it. This session is designed to help participants explore, engage in, and reflect on active learning strategies that can be used to differentiate instruction and assessment. Dr. Silver’s strategies can be integrated into any grade level or subject discipline. Come prepared to experience a session of fun-filled learning!

Practicing “Safe Stress!” Building Resiliency in Educators

Are all the changes going on in education driving you crazy? Do you feel that you have been stretched as thin as you’re going to stretch? In order for teachers to have a profound educational and personal impact on the lives of students, they must meet and take care of their own needs. This session offers practical ideas and tips for recognizing and dealing with anxiety and burnout. This empowering, interactive, and entertaining presentation helps teachers discover the keys to honing their personal strength areas and to lowering stress in the work environment. New research, audience participation, and humor are used to illustrate how educators can learn to reduce and manage unwanted stress. Learn to laugh, love, and live a more satisfying life.

Revisiting Rewards – A New Look at the Pros and Cons of Extrinsic Motivation

Do your students often ask the question, “What will you give me for doing this?” Does that bother you? This session is a must for teachers and administrators struggling with the issue of using rewards as reinforcers to motivate learners. Dr. Debbie Silver offers the latest scientific research on the impact of rewards on long-term motivation. Some researchers are now saying that extrinsic rewards have an appropriate place in student learning. Come hear what studies have shown about external rewards and make your own decision about their value. Participants will laugh, think, and leave with some challenging information on rewards.
Science As A Verb – STEMS in Action

Dr. Debbie Silver is a former classroom science teacher who has remained active in science reform teaching for over 30 years as well as STEMS since its inception. In this lively session Dr. Silver demonstrates proven techniques for engaging all types of learners in the science processes. Her belief is that the best science teaching starts with active, engaging learning. She gives “how to” tips on everything from safety to managing materials to how to set up cooperative groups. Through the use of technology, integrated instruction (math, and engineering), differentiated instruction, alternative assessment, cooperative learning, the learning cycle, discrepant events, and other established strategies, Debbie takes the audience through a myriad of ways to use science as a natural springboard for re-engaging and challenging all types of learners. She offers loads of ideas and gives helpful technology resources.

Taking Back the Lounge – Building a Positive Community of Educators at School

The important work of fostering a healthy, safe learning community for students starts with the adults at school. Faculty and staff need their own supportive, caring environment in order for them to provide a responsive community for young learners. This session is about building positive relationships among faculty and staff as well as negating the influence of those who are not so positive. Filled with both heart and humor this workshop offers insights about adults at school supporting one another as well as themselves. Come prepared to laugh, to think, and to leave with loads of ideas for improving your school climate.

Welcome to the Most Noble Profession! Induction Presentation for New Teachers
Dr. Debbie Silver has worked in the field of education for over 40 years as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, college educational methods professor, and professional development presenter. Her favorite job is providing professional development for those new to the profession. Through inspirational stories, helpful tips and strategies, and “down to earth” advice, Dr. Silver connects with those new to teaching. She gives positive affirmation to those who have chosen this field and challenges them to do their personal best when it comes to students. Novice teachers laugh and cry as they are motivated to do whatever it takes for this “most noble” profession.

STUDENT PRESENTATION

Finding Your “North Star” – Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8!

In this motivational speech for students, Debbie entertains kids while challenging them to make their own dreams come true. Through demonstrations, audience participation, stories, and comedy she involves participants in creative thinking and risk taking situations. Based on a theme by Fablevision’s™ Peter Reynolds, the message that comes through loud and clear is that through commitment, courage, and character, students can set their own goals and achieve them.

 

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