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Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better MP3 CD – Audiobook, 3 Sep 2013

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (3 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480564346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480564343
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,645,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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For several decades, Anders Ericsson and his associates at Florida State University have been conducting research on peak performance, and he began to attract attention after the publication of a Harvard Business Review article, The Making of an Expert (July/August 2007), he co-authored with Michael J. Prietula and Edward T. Cokely. They observe, "Before practice, opportunity, and luck can combine to create expertise, the would-be expert needs to demythologize the achievement of top-level performance, because the notion that genius is born, not made, is deeply ingrained. It's perhaps most perfectly exemplified in the person of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who is typically presented as a child prodigy with exceptional innate musical genius. Nobody questions that Mozart's achievements were extraordinary compared with those of his contemporaries. What's often forgotten, however, is that his development was equally exceptional for his time. His musical tutelage started before he was four years old, and his father, also a skilled composer, was a famous music teacher and had written one of the first books on violin instruction. Like other world-class performers, Mozart was not born an expert--he became one." With rare exception, the research suggests that peak performance requires at least 10,000 of highly disciplined ("deep, deliberate, sharply focused") practice under expert supervision in combination with being in the right circumstances at the right time.

All this serves to help introduce Practice Perfect, the latest of several excellent books whose authors or co-authors discuss the meaning and significance of revelations for which the research of Ericsson and his associates is primarily responsible and duly acknowledged.
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This book is directed mostly at sports coaches, classroom teachers, or those working with teams in organisations or companies. If you are interested as a musician, for specifically improving your practice of your instrument, it's probably not the most useful book. It is strongly and obviously American. It is very clearly laid out in a way that helps to read and understand quickly. Each 'Rule' has its own main bullet points repeated at the end, and I would actually recommend starting with the bullet points on each Rule, and then going back and reading the Rule in detail. It's a fairly easy read, and I have found some of it helpful even as a private tutor teaching on a one-to-one basis.
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So good! This book is packed with powerful insights about learning. Some of the ideas challenge dominant practices, but they are well evidenced and Doug and the guys are highly credible > I am a teacher educator, and have been working in the field for many years > this is a future classic.
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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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This is an excellent book that raises lots of practical points for teachers considering their professional development. It is well researched and has an easy style. Highly recommended for teachers and more.
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I enjoyed the book and the strong message that no matter what your field, intelligent practice will see you improve. Some of the references to other fields may still be little obscure and appear irrelevant or difficult to apply to every setting. The balance of teaching and non-teaching examples used to overcome this was interesting to read.
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I have trained teachers for a while now and always felt that drilling to perfect a skill, particularly for behaviour, would be very useful. I stopped short of actually doing it though because I thought it was a bit 'out there' and that the teachers I was working with may think I was even weirder than they already thought me. This book has given me the confidence and methods to set up practise situations that can lead to positive change. Great read.
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I gave it 4 stars because it is rather too intense for me. It lays down ways to ensure, belt, braces, staples and nails etc what to do to ensure excellence. It would need a lot of work to set up a development programme to ensure teachers could follow through and almost certainly, a whole school commitment to the processes. But, I have used some of these ideas, before I read the book, and they made a very great impact on my school.
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