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

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Expect More

“She was mean out of the kindness of her heart.”

Philadelphia student referring to a “good teacher” (Wilson & Corbett, 2001, p. 91)

Most teachers do not want to be “mean.” This is especially true for new teachers who are more likely to fall into the trap of trying to be students’ friends. I ask my preservice teachers, “How many of you would like for a student to say you were ‘mean out of the kindness of [your] heart’?” The majority of them look at me like I am crazy. However, ...

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