PBU – Stop Telling Your Students to Practice

I have written in the past that we should avoid the words grammar and rules. Here is another one that perhaps we should avoid. Practice. With the exception of some students out there (you know who I mean – the ones who say “Teacher, you forgot to assign homework”), most cringe at this word. What person, let alone student, is motivated by hearing that they need to practice more?

Now don’t get me wrong. Students need practice in order to improve and much more than they are doing and we in the classroom can provide. There is a lot being said right now about “10,000 hours.” 10,000 hours to succeed in business, to be good at a skill and to be fluent in a language. Remember, a standard private course only meets about 100 hours per year. Hmmm. Where can learners gain those extra hours they need of practice? Will students do those extra hours of practice?

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