The Novice Advantage

The Novice Advantage
Fearless Practice for Every Teacher

© 2016 | 224 pages | Corwin

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

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.  
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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