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5.0 out of 5 stars Practice by Design, 8 Dec 2013
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This was a great follow-on read from Matthew Sayed's "Bounce". Central to the book is the idea that although practice is vital in mastering a skill, it is not enough. It has to be designed properly, with a clear objective, immediate feedback and assessment of its effectiveness. Skills need to be isolated, practised and then integrated and practised again with other skills. Lemov defines his terms with helpful precision, and also encourages the reader to give names to the different types of practice activities they use. His business is school leadership and teacher training, but I found many of the "Rules" very relevant to my own field of foreign language teaching, and could also imagine it being helpful for those involved in sport, music, mathematics, or indeed business. The spelling of the verb "to practice" is correct in US spelling, and I got used to it, though no doubt it will provoke the usual outrage among certain UK readers! I found the book such worthwhile reading that I decided to put away my remaining prejudices and read his slightly nauseatingly titled "Teach like a Champion", which is equally inspiring for those who want evidence-based teaching techniques which will work for anyone.
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