Capture the novice mindset! Get ready to teach as never before, powered by a fresh, brave mindset. With humor and insight, this down-to-earth guide reveals a fundamental principle: the best teachers grow through risk, reflection, and revision. Readers will learn how to:  •″Sustain the energy and positive qualities of a novice, while building expertise at all career stages  •″Develop a network of support to improve teaching practice  •″Implement new strategies that engage and motivate students Learn how to teach with the daring of a beginner and a lifelong passion for learning and growth. “Dr. Eckert highlights the value of seeking those “first days” throughout our careers – the joy and nervousness experienced in these transformational moments are critical to have again and again if we are to grow personally and professionally.” Patrick Ledesma, Director of Research and Knowledge Management National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Cringeworthy Moments Why Would I Want to Be a Novice?

Cringeworthy Moments: Why Would I Want to Be a Novice?

“An expert is a man who has made all of the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

—Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize–winning physicist

The year was 1995. Picture a room filled with thirty-two fourth-grade students arranged in groups of three or four. I am the earnest student teacher at the front of the room teaching a lesson that should have lasted ten to fifteen minutes. I am enthusiastically teaching for nearly forty-five minutes. ...

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