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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

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.
Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

“Ingenuity is often misunderstood. It is not a matter of superior intelligence but of character. It demands more than anything a willingness to recognize failure, to not paper over the cracks, and to change. It arises from deliberate, even obsessive, reflection on failure and a constant searching for new solutions.”

Atul Gawande, from Better: A surgeon’s notes on performance (2007, p. 9)

No one wants to admit when they have made a mistake—especially not a surgeon. That is what makes Dr. Gawande’s statement so remarkable.

He opens his book with an example of himself as fourth-year resident on his final year in medical school prior to becoming a surgeon. He had a patient who was having symptoms that ...

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