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02.25.15 On Practice…and Reading: A Guest Post from Leanne Riordan

Leanne Riordan teaches English Language Learners at Baltimore City Schools’ Holabird Academy.  I’ve shared several of her insights previously in this blog and in the new 2.0 version of Teach Like a Champion. She sent me a note recently about using the principles of practice–ideas from Practice Perfect and several of our practice-intensive workshops as adapted…


12.10.14 Practice Perfect Podcast with Athlete By Design

Did a really interesting interview about Practice Perfect with Jeremy Boone, who runs Athlete By Design.  He does podcasts on coaching with a variety of folks generally smarter and more glamorous than me.  Now I see why. He was meticulously prepared for the interview and the result was that 1) We ended up talking about a…


04.23.13 Slowly, With Precision, With the Brain

GREAT piece in the April 8 New Yorker by pianist Jeremy Denk… a retrospective on the role of practice in his development. Deeply reflective and insightful. Definitely worth the read though this video gives you a really good sense for a couple of the key sections, especially his first serious teacher’s use of feedback in his practice…


03.19.13 Annals of Coaching: Chris Condron’s Desert Island Drill

Well, soccer fans and coaching geeks, it’s time for the latest installment of Desert Island Drills, in which I ask a coach to describe the one drill they’d take with them to a desert island–assuming, I suppose, that they also had a team there that they were trying to prepare for long-term success.  Previous posts here and here.  This…