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Practice Perfect

42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better


by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, Calif., 2012, 263 pp., $26.95 hardcover

This book debunks myths and revolutionizes the way we approach and think about practice. According to the authors' research behind Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better, there is a right way and a wrong way to practice.

Filled with examples from teaching, the book’s tips and insights should prove insightful for any educator seeking to improve his or her skills as well as anyone involved in the teacher selection process or planning professional development for educators or education administrators.

In Practice Perfect, co-authors Doug Lemov (author of Teach Like a Champion and managing director at Uncommon Schools), Erica Woolway (chief academic officer at Uncommon Schools) and Katie Yezzi (founding principal of Troy Prep Elementary School in New York) team up to show us how we can get better at anything by reframing and reengineering how we practice. The authors demonstrate that what you do in practice matters more than how much you practice.

Full of real-life examples that will change the reader's view of the value of practice, the authors break down effective practice into 42 clear rules. By putting together and applying these rules anyone can see big changes in their performance.

After reading Practice Perfect, practice no longer will seem a mundane and maligned task, but the most powerful key to unlocking anyone's potential. Written to be applied to adults with lots of examples for educators, this work also has implications for student learning that are relevant to anyone working to improve student success.

Reviewed by Kenneth E. Hoover, superintendent, Monroe Public Schools, Monroe, Wash.


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