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10 Shareable Quotes from The Novice Advantage

“The Novice Mindset is the belief that we grow continuously through fearless, deliberate practice.” – Jon Eckert

You know the feeling of facing a new challenge? It’s daunting, but it’s exhilarating.

Facing new challenges makes us better people; it gives us the chance to expand our skills and our knowledge. It forces us to ask questions, take risks, reflect, and revise, revise, revise. Teachers face new challenges every single day—whether they’re twenty-year veterans or first-year survivors. Adopting this novice mindset gives educators an advantage: a relentless desire to learn and innovate.

In his new book, Jon Eckert reveals how teachers at all stages in their career can succeed and retain their passion for learning and teaching despite obstacles. With humor and grace, he shares his own cringe-worthy stories to show how even the most unlikely situations are opportunities for growth and fearless practice.

We wanted to share with you today some of the most poignant quotes from The Novice Advantage. Feel free to share, and follow the hashtag The Novice Advantage!

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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 an associate professor of education at Wheaton College where he prepares teachers and returns regularly to teach in the district where his career began. In addition to leading professional development across the country, he has published numerous peer-reviewed and practitioner articles on teaching effectiveness and education policy. Jon is the author of  Leading Together and The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher.

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