Former Tech instructor provides ‘Silver lining’ for teachers

 

I’m honored, The Ruston Daily Leader recently published an article about me.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

“Debbie Silver spent three decades in education teaching everything from elementary up. Yet she may have missed her calling. That’s because many people feel that she’s funny — in fact, side- splitting hilarious.

However, the former Louisiana Tech University instructor has found a way to use her comical talent to help teachers manage within today’s educational landscape and the current pandemic by offering a free webinar entitled “Practicing Safe Stress.” (Watch it at here).

“Even before the pandemic, which is causing exponential teacher anxiety, I noticed that teachers seemed to be experiencing more and more negative stress,” Silver said. “Standardized tests, new evaluation policies, changes in curriculum, loss of autonomy, little public support, and other factors are robbing teachers of the joy they once felt. Teachers tend to put themselves last and that’s a big mistake.

My message is very clear: “The least selfish thing you can do as an effective teacher is take good care of yourself.” My presentation shows in a humorous way how important it is for teachers to take time to recharge, refuel, and reignite themselves and, of course, how to laugh at ourselves.”

Silver began speak- ing to those in education after being named Louisiana Teacher of the Year for 1990. She was quickly recruited to Tech in 1993 as part of Project LIFE as well as the College of Education.”

You can find the full article and paper here.

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