Before shifting the manner in which teachers plan for practice for their students, consider implementing it with the teachers first.Teaching and learning is not an exact science, like playing an instrument or playing tennis.Deliberate practice is informed practice, guided by "the best performers' accomplishments and by understanding of what these expert performers do to excel" (p.98).How do we know for certain, that all homework, particularly in the early grades, teaches what we want it to and what Ericcson and Pool describe? But for those students who left the classroom without an adequate grasp of the material, it may undermine its intention.These happening in the early years can stop students from pushing forward, developing grit, and finding success.
Other ways teachers continue learning is individual.
Practice, or reinforcement of a skill, is part of the educational process.
Practice in classwork and homework is an important part of guaranteeing students are learning what is being taught.
Learning is either limited or non-existent without the practice feedback loop ongoing. Homework is the best example of how educators can improve the use of practice.
In sports, a targeted skill is focused on and the coach gives consistent feedback as the player practices that one skill. Skills are identified, modeled, and the students or players or actors, or musicians are given feedback on the skill(s) identified so that practice becomes both targeted and informed. No matter whether as an educator or a parent, homework as practice remains a standard that might serves many purposes.