Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

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"To practice is to declare, I can be better. There aremany full-stop moments in Practice Perfect—ideas sointeresting that you can't help but pause for a second and considerthem."
—From the foreword by Dan Heath, coauthor of Made toStick and Switch

We love competition, the big win, the ticking seconds of theclock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer,but if we really wanted to see greatness we'd spend our timewatching, ...

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Overview

"To practice is to declare, I can be better. There aremany full-stop moments in Practice Perfect—ideas sointeresting that you can't help but pause for a second and considerthem."
—From the foreword by Dan Heath, coauthor of Made toStick and Switch

We love competition, the big win, the ticking seconds of theclock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer,but if we really wanted to see greatness we'd spend our timewatching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practicesessions instead. Practice Perfect puts the art of practicefront and center. It shows that anyone, in any field, can come toappreciate that practice, not games, makes champions.

In Practice Perfect, the authors engage the dream ofbetter. Filled with illustrative examples from top-levelathletes, established teachers, seasoned lawyers, and evenlong-time surgeons, the authors show how deliberately engineeredand designed practice can revolutionize our most importantactivities.

The "how-to" rules outlined in Practice Perfect can makeus better in virtually every performance of life. The ideas areoften counterintuitive, such as: don't concentrate on yourweakness, practice what you are good at. To get you started on yourpath to "better" the authors have included a number of specificactivities that will jump-start your way to practicing perfect.

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"Learning to practice, this book vividly illustrates, takes time and effort, trial and error. It won't happen tomorrow. But even a small movement in the direction of more practice will reap benefits...." (The Washington Post's 'Class Struggle' blog, October 2012)

"Practice Perfect is a valuable read for everyone who wants to help their employees grow and excel through practice." (Examiner.com, October 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118216583
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 91,388
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Lemov is the author of the bestselling book,Teach Like a Champion. He was a managing director atUncommon Schools and now directs their project on effectiveteaching practices.

Erica Woolway is the chief academic officer for theTaxonomy of Effective Teaching Practices at Uncommon Schools.

Katie Yezzi is the founding principal of Troy PrepElementary School in New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dan Heath xi

Preface: Why Practice? Why Now? xv

Introduction: The Power of Practice 1

RETHINKING PRACTICE 21

Rule 1 Encode Success 25

Rule 2 Practice the 20 29

Rule 3 Let the Mind Follow the Body 32

Rule 4 Unlock Creativity . . . with Repetition 36

Rule 5 Replace Your Purpose (with an Objective) 40

Rule 6 Practice “Bright Spots” 44

Rule 7 Differentiate Drill from Scrimmage 48

Rule 8 Correct Instead of Critique 52

HOW TO PRACTICE 55

Rule 9 Analyze the Game 58

Rule 10 Isolate the Skill 62

Rule 11 Name It 66

Rule 12 Integrate the Skills 68

Rule 13 Make a Plan 72

Rule 14 Make Each Minute Matter 76

USING MODELING 83

Rule 15 Model and Describe 86

Rule 16 Call Your Shots 87

Rule 17 Make Models Believable 92

Rule 18 Try Supermodeling 95

Rule 19 Insist They “Walk This Way” 96

Rule 20 Model Skinny Parts 99

Rule 21 Model the Path 101

Rule 22 Get Ready for Your Close-up 104

FEEDBACK 107

Rule 23 Practice Using Feedback (Not Just Getting It) 109

Rule 24 Apply First, Then Reflect 114

Rule 25 Shorten the Feedback Loop 117

Rule 26 Use the Power of Positive 121

Rule 27 Limit Yourself 126

Rule 28 Make It an Everyday Thing 128

Rule 29 Describe the Solution (Not the Problem) 130

Rule 30 Lock It In 133

CULTURE OF PRACTICE 139

Rule 31 Normalize Error 143

Rule 32 Break Down the Barriers to Practice 148

Rule 33 Make It Fun to Practice 154

Rule 34 Everybody Does It 159

Rule 35 Leverage Peer-to-Peer Accountability 162

Rule 36 Hire for Practice 165

Rule 37 Praise the Work 169

POST-PRACTICE: MAKING NEW SKILLS STICK 173

Rule 38 Look for the Right Things 176

Rule 39 Coach During the Game (Don’t Teach) 180

Rule 40 Keep Talking 183

Rule 41 Walk the Line (Between Support and Demand) 185

Rule 42 Measure Success 188

CONCLUSION: THE MONDAY MORNING TEST 193

Appendix A: Teaching Techniques from

Teach Like a Champion 205

Appendix B: Sample Practice Activities 229

Notes 241

Acknowledgments 245

About the Authors 249

Summary of Rules 251

Index 255

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    A MUST-READ!!!

    If you’ve ever spent countless hours in your driveway, trying to make 50 free throws in a row, OR if you’ve ever developed serious back and neck pain from hunching over your desk, searching for the right words to convey your thoughts, OR if you’ve ever done anything else obsessive in an effort to become really good at something, then this book will comfort you. First of all, you are not alone. Doug Lemov (author of the essential TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION) and his co-authors Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi offer numerous examples from various fields (education, soccer, basketball, business, and so on) in which people are trying every day to get better at something. It turns out that although you might be crazy, so are a lot of other people. The other good news is that there is something you can do about this—and by “this,” I mean “improving yourself.” Indeed, the subtitle, “42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better,” suggests that there are at least 42 things you can do. The book is full of helpful insights and practical suggestions. In fact, in my day job as a literacy coach, I have used several in the past week! Some of my favorites are that you should explain models (not just assume that people can instantly figure out what is good about them), that you should identify the most important skills needed and focus your energy on them, and that you shouldn’t stop practicing when you become good. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find the nearest basketball hoop. Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D., LLC (author of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE READING, WRITING, SPEAKING, AND LISTENING INSTRUCTION)

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