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

Build Important Relationships

Build Important Relationships

“No significant learning can occur without significant relationship.”

— James Comer, Yale University Professor

If you are like me, this quote from Dr. Comer seems like a truism. However, this is not how many schools operate today. We have virtual schools, online academies, enormous comprehensive high schools that function more like factories than learning organizations predicated on relationships. Additionally, we have all learned things on our own, right?

We might be tempted to skip this chapter because we think we get it—good teachers care about students and develop strong relationships ...

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