Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

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by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, Katie Yezzi, Brett Barry
     
 

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“To practice is to declare, I can be better. There are many full-stop moments in Practice Perfec—ideas so interesting that you can’t help but pause for a second and consider them.” —From the foreword by Dan Heath, coauthor of Made to Stick and Switch

We love competition, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as

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“To practice is to declare, I can be better. There are many full-stop moments in Practice Perfec—ideas so interesting that you can’t help but pause for a second and consider them.” —From the foreword by Dan Heath, coauthor of Made to Stick and Switch

We love competition, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock 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 time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practice sessions instead. Practice Perfect puts the art of practice front and center. It shows that anyone, in any field, can come to appreciate that practice, not games, makes champions.

In Practice Perfect, the authors engage the dream of better. Filled with illustrative examples from top-level athletes, established teachers, seasoned lawyers, and even long-time surgeons, the authors show how deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important activities.

The “how-to” rules outlined in Practice Perfect can make us better in virtually every performance of life. The ideas are often counterintuitive, such as: don’t concentrate on your weakness, practice what you are good at. To get you started on your path to “better” the authors have included a number of specific activities 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480563728
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
993,249
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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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)

Meet the Author

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

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

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

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Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheLiteracyCookbook More than 1 year ago
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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