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Check out ‘Peak’: An Interview With Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool in one of my Education Week Teacher columns.

Be sure to check out my interview with Daniel Coyle, author of “The Talent Code,” at Education Week Teacher.

Also: The Best Videos About The Importance Of Practice – Help Me Find More
Jonah Lehrer provides a good description of the “10,000 hour rule”:

The 10,000 hour rule has become a cliche. This is the idea, first espoused by K. Anders Ericsson, a pyschologist at Florida State University, that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice before any individual can become an expert. The corollary of this rule is that that differences in talent reflect differences in the amount and style of practice, and not differences in innate ability. As Ericsson wrote in his influential review article “The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance”: “The differences between expert performers and normal adults are not immutable, that is, due to genetically prescribed talent. Instead, these differences reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance.”

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberative Practice:

I’ve written a post titled Sorry, Professors: Deliberate Practice Matters.

Deliberate Practice – Pt. 1: Knowing exactly what you want is from Psychology Today.

Is it true that 10,000 hours of practice will make you an expert at something? is from Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

Are you experienced? Does it matter? is from Mind Hacks.

The Science of Experience is from TIME Magazine.

How much does natural talent control what you can achieve in life? is from Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

The Power of Practice is by Mark Sanborn.

Freakonomics has three good posts:

How Did A-Rod Get So Good?

Deliberate Practice: How Education Fails to Produce Expertise

The Science of Genius: A Q&A With Author David Shenk

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything is from The Harvard Business Review.

The Secret of Great Men: Deliberate Practice is an unfortunate title, but it has good information.

Deliberate Practice: How to Develop Expertise is from The Science Of Learning.

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? 8 Keys to Deliberate Practice. is from Mission to Learn.

Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice is from Anecdote.

Guitar Zero: can science turn a psychologist into Jimi Hendrix? is from The Guardian.

The Grandmaster in the Corner Office: What the Study of Chess Experts Teaches Us about Building a Remarkable Life is from Study Hacks.

Talent or Practice – What Matters More? is by David Shenk

Talent or Practice – What Matters More? is by Gary Marcus.

Ray Allen Scores in the Nature-Nurture Debate

Is it true that 10,000 hours of practice will make you an expert at something? is from Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

What is Deliberate Practice is from Farnam Street.

Deliberate Practice Infographic

Why talent is overrated is from CNN.

The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance is the original paper on the idea.

Very Interesting (& Different) Post On “Fixed” Versus “Growth” Mindsets

Applying science to the teaching of science is from The Economist.

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything is from The Harvard Business Review.

Why Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule is wrong is from The BBC.

10,000 Hours May Not Make a Master After All is from TIME.

The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice is from Scientific American.

The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice is from Creativity Post.

Becoming a Better Teacher by ‘Deliberate Practice’ is from huntingenglish.

How to Stop Being Allergic to Practice is by Daniel Coyle.

What’s Your LQ (Learning Quotient)? is also from Daniel Coyle.

Deliberate Practice, Myelin & The Brain

Quote Of The Day: “Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule”

New Studies Highlight Blurry Line Between Nature & Nurture

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect by Daniel Goleman might be the best short and accessible article on the concept that I’ve found. I’m definitely using it with my students.


Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert? is from The BBC.

Two Things Experts Do Differently Than Non-Experts When Practicing is from The Creativity Post.

Are Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hours of Practice Really All You Need? is from National Geographic.

Big New Study On Deliberate Practice

We’ve Been Thinking About Talent The Wrong Way All Along is by Daniel Coyle.

Actually, practice doesn’t always make perfect — new study is by Alfie Kohn.

Additional Resources On Deliberate Practice — Including Music & Videos!

Deliberate Practice Redux

Quote Of The Day: Sir Ken Robinson On The Value Of Practice

A Perfect Quote To Begin A Lesson On Deliberate Practice – If Your Students Are Basketball Fans

The Economics of Practice is from SqueakTime.

Excellent Examples Of Deliberate Practice To Use With Students

Deliberate Practice & Red Herrings

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You An Expert At Anything is an interview with Anders Ericsson at Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

World-class expertise:a developmental model is by Scott Barry Kaufman1 and Angela L. Duckworth.


When Practice Does Make Perfect is by Daniel Willingham.

Deliberate Practice, The Olympics & Red Herrings

The Elephant In The Room In The Talent vs. Practice Debate

Daniel Pink and Anders Ericsson: The Secrets of Top Performers and What It Takes to Be Truly Great is a good conversation, particularly related to deliberate practice.

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect: Scott Barry Kaufman and David Epstein Reconsider the Science of “10,000 Hours” to Greatness is from Heleo.

New & Important Report On Deliberate Practice & Teacher Prep

When Practice Does Make Perfect is by Dan Willingham.

The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice is by James Clear.

I’m adding this new lesson and video from TED-Ed:

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule appeared in Medium.


Wynton’s Twelve Ways to Practice is from Arban’s Method.

New Useful Lesson On “Practice”

The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice appeared in Medium.

Deliberate practice: improving teacher decision making is from Improving Teaching.

How to Motivate Kids to Practice Hard Things is a really good piece from Greater Good Magazine. I like it a lot.


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