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The Role of Deliberate Practice in Developing Expertise
One really critical aspect of developing expertise – well, actually, whether you’re a beginning teacher or an experienced teacher – is what they call deliberate practice. And that’s a pretty strong concept in the literature. Deliberate practice is not just trying something out. Deliberate practice involves identifying, very specifically, what you’re going to work on and, very specifically, you know, your weak areas and trying to identify those areas that, if you get better, will have the, you know, biggest impact, in this case, in terms of student achievement. And then, as you try out these particular strategies to improve this given area, that you have opportunities for – first of all, people to give you feedback. In the case of a beginning teacher, you know, that would be through a mentor. But then, also, observing, you know, effective use of those strategies; and again, that could be through a mentor, too. So, given that, you know… given that notion of developing expertise, especially for beginning teachers, using The Art and Science of Teaching to help, you know, teachers in their first year of teaching, along with, you know, mentors that they can turn to, it just makes… it just makes perfect sense.