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 (author) Doug Lemov, By (author) Katie Yezzi, By (author) Erica Woolway, Foreword by Dan Heath

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 12 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 111821658X
  • ISBN 13: 9781118216583
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 78,106

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Rules 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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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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By Kim 19 Dec 2012 3

(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.

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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)

Back cover copy

Praise for "Practice Perfect""There are no shortcuts to success, whether it be in education, sports, or business. The authors of "Practice Perfect" provide a clear-cut, common-sense blueprint for what we all need to know to create practice habits that ensure permanent, sustainable results."--Michael D. Eisner, former chairman and chief executive officer, Walt Disney Co.; founder, The Tornante Company; cofounder, The Eisner Foundation"If you want to improve your own--or someone else's--performance, you've got to read this book. With "Practice Perfect," the authors have given everyone a great gift. They've handed over the key that unlocks excellence."--Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling "The Leadership Challenge"; Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University"If you are interested in getting better at anything (or helping someone else get better), then this book, with its excellent collection of techniques and tools, should be your field guide."--Daniel H. Pink, author, "Drive "and" A Whole New Mind""A timely, winning, and approachable proposition! The pursuit of improvement through the development of a disciplined approach to practice is an essential element to success."--Douglas R. Conant, former president, chief executive officer, and director, Campbell Soup Company; "New York Times" bestselling author, "TouchPoints"; ASTD 2012 Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance"It's become conventional wisdom that the path to excellence is paved with hours and hours of practice. Here the authors provide practical guidance for how anyone can use carefully selected but relatively simple tasks to ensure these hours of practice lead to excellence."--Kathleen Porter-Magee, Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow; senior director, High Quality Standards Initiative, Thomas B. Fordham Institute""Practice Perfect" will provide a recipe for organizations that are committed to their people--to helping them grow and get better in simple but powerful ways."--Jean-Claude Brizard, chief executive officer, Chicago Public Schools

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"To practice is to declare, "I can be better." There are many full-stop moments in "Practice Perfect"--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.

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