Friday, October 16, 2009

Experience is not practice

~From Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham, page 149:

Until now, I have been a bit casual in how I have talked about practice.  I have made it sound synonymous with experience.  It is not.  Experience means you are simply engaged in the activity.  Practice means you are trying to improve your performance.  For example, I’m not an especially good driver, even though I’ve been driving for about thirty years.  Like most people my age, I’m experienced—that is, I’ve done a lot of driving—but I’m not well practiced, because for almost all of that thirty years I didn’t try to improve.

Just a good thing to keep in mind.



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