• Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

    Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better (Hardback) By (author) Doug Lemov, By (author) Katie Yezzi, By (author) Erica Woolway, Foreword by Dan Heath

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    DescriptionRules for developing talent with disciplined, deliberate, intelligent practice We live in a competition loving culture. We love the performance, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, sometimes to the point of obsession, but if we really wanted to see greatness--wanted to cheer for it, see it happen, understand what made it happen--we'd spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practices instead. This book puts practice on the front burner of all who seek to instill talent and achievement in others as well as in themselves. This is a journey to understand that practice, not games, makes champions. In this book, the authors engage the dream of better, both in fields and endeavors where participants know they should practice and also in those where many do not yet recognize the transformative power of practice. And it's not just whether you practice. How you practice may be a true competitive advantage. Deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important endeavors. The clear set of rules presented in Practice Perfect will make us better in virtually every performance of life. The "how-to" rules of practice cover such topics as rethinking practice, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick, and hiring for practice. Discover new ways to think about practice. Learn how to design successful practice. Apply practice across a wide range of realms, both personal and professional The authors include specific activities to jump-start practice Doug Lemov is the best-selling author of Teach Like a Champion A hands-on resource to practice, the rules within will help to create positive outliers and world-changing reservoirs of talent.


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  • Helpful but unnecessary3

    Kim (Once again, another wonderful thank you to Goodreads for providing me this copy)

    Practice Perfect is in short a very helpful book about perfecting practising skills and evaluating progress throughout the practising process. Whilst this was definitely an insightful book about techniques that aid us to practice our skills in order to hone them, Practice Perfect may seem to some unnecessary to read if they possess common sense or average intellect.

    The division of the book into 42 rules with each rules into chapters was impractical. The rules weren't really rules but tips (tips are useful hints whilst rules are things that need to be followed. The word "rules" to me imposes a certain feeling that EVERYthing in this book needed to be followed, almost laws and that really distracted me as I'm not a big follower of rules.) and these rules were sometimes very vague, gave some helpful advice on the matter it was discussing and were then supported by case studies. Sometimes these case studies were vague and barely understandable and the constant reference to what these teachers did and the experiments they did with their organisation felt almost as if that we should have read their respective books or attended their teacher training programs. The book should have been left into chapters and without the numbers to indicate that they are rules. The numbers as rules were distracting and didn't really help for my understanding. It was very disorganised and I think I would have loved if the rules were broken into sub chapters.

    I know I am not the target audience for this book although there were aspects of this book that is related to almost anyone, actually, the book is dedicated to teachers, trainers or anyone in a teaching position. Though is is non fiction, the book still needed to identify itself to an audience and explain why things are. Basically, because of the number of authors, I felt that the writing was quite messy, all over the place and really needed to be tightened. There were also a lot of references to Doug's Teach Like a Champion which to me felt like advertising within a book and I wasn't comfortable with that. There were a lot of misplaced commas and missing commas so I had to re read the sentences just to make sure I understood what it was talking about.

    Moreover, Practice Perfect was a great read the explanation/advice for each of the rules enlightened my approach on practise and how to have effective practise sessions in honing skills. However, because of the poor writing and disorganised sequence of information as well as vague case studies and constant advertisement for Lemov's book, I would have to give this book 3 stars. It was a wonderful read and it helped me understand what I was doing wrong, but really, I already knew all of it (well consciously anyway). This is recommended but if you're going to buy it, buy a used one, or better yet borrow it from the library. by Kim

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