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The Novice Advantage

Fearless Practice for Every Teacher
Inspiring to teachers of all experience levels, this guide uses humor and insight to show how to teach with daring, while growing through risk, reflection, and revision.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506328744
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: April 06, 2016

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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

Key features

  • Describes the best qualities inherent to a novice teacher's mindset, demonstrating how all teachers can embrace this orientation to continually develop skills that will lead to effective teaching and student achievement.
  • Of use for K-12 pre-service, beginning, and even veteran teachers and the leaders and coaches who work with them on classroom practice for the purposes of teacher preparation, teacher induction and mentoring, professional learning communities, book studies, and individual professional development.
  • Filled with dozens brief, funny, and relatable stories, examples, and interviews with novice and accomplished teachers to highlight the benefits of the novice mindset.
  • Full of practical tips and techniques to try in the classroom right away.
  • Each chapter includes sidebars that offer moments of reflection, end-of-chapter case studies, discussion questions, and action steps to encourage teams to grow together or individuals to reflect and act.


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Jonathan Eckert

Jonathan Eckert was a public school teacher outside of Chicago and Nashville for 12 years. He earned his doctorate in education at Vanderbilt University and served as a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow in both the Bush and Obama administrations. Currently, he is the Lynda and Robert Copple Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership at Baylor University, where he supports leaders through the Center for School Leadership. Leading professional learning across the country, he catalyzes teaching and leading for each student. He is the author of The Novice Advantage and Leading Together.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




The Novice Advantage

Who Needs This?

A Way Forward

A Way Back

A Way to Make Our Work Easier

A Tool for Fearless Action

Part 1: Novice Mindset and Process

Chapter 1: Cringeworthy Moments - Why Would I Want to be a Novice?

Is He Serious?

Creative Struggle

It's Not About "Novice" Instead of "Expert"

The Growth Mindset and the Novice Mindset

A Brief Look at the Condition of U.S. Education

Lost or Taken Away?

From Cringeworthy to Desirable

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

Chapter 2: Embrace the Novice Mindset

Three Exemplary "Novices"

Novice Mindset Markers

Developing and Maintaining a Novice Mindset

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

Chapter 3: Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

The "Four Rs"

Reflection and Your Professional Learning Network

The Four Rs Transform the Classroom into an Exploratorium

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

Part II: Practices

Chapter 4: Fill the Classroom

Create Space for Growth

Engage the Entire Class

Teach Students to Work Hard

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

Chapter 5: Motivate Pragmatically

Stop Setting Ourselves Up for Failure

Pragmatic Motivation

Apply the Four Rs to Motivation

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

Chapter 6: Expect More

Honesty and Transparency: The Markers of Effective Assessment

Give Students a Chance to Grow

Techniques That Promote Student Growth

Be a Warm Demander

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

Chapter 7: Build Important Relationships

Find What is Fascinating

Be Intentional

We Don't Just Work with Students

Connect with Resources Outside Your Classroom

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.

Part III: Expert Novices

Chapter 8: Become an Expert Novice

Getting Better in Our Classrooms

Getting Better in Others' Classrooms

Getting Better Beyond the Classroom

Becoming Expert Novices

The Expert Novice Opportunity

Reflect. Risk. Revise or Reject.




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