We’re very excited for the release of a new book: Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov (bestselling author of Teach Like a Champion), Erica Woolway, and Katie Yezzi – with a terrific foreword by Dan Heath. We’ve all heard the expression “practice makes perfect,” but then why doesn’t it always work? And why do we limit practice to things like the piano or tennis instead of what we really want to get better at like teaching our students, leading people, and even breaking bad habits?
By researching the latest in brain and behavioral science and in their work training teachers with Uncommon Schools, the authors found that what you do in practice matters as much if not more than how much you practice. There is a right way and a wrong way to practice. The right way involves breaking through assumptions, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick and hiring for practice. Practice Perfect breaks down effective practice into 42 clear rules.