A colleague sent me this interesting article, Composition 1.01: How Email Can Change the Way Professors Teach. It describes how Whittier-Ferguson, a Professor of English at the University of Michigan, is using email to help his students become more proficient writers.
Through the use of emails, Professor Whittier-Ferguson is giving his students feedback in real time as they are composing their writing assignments. This feedback from the expert in real-time while the student is "practicing" their writing creates the teachable moment at just the right time for growth.
This careful observation coupled with specific feedback is at the cornerstone of deliberate practice.
In clinical medicine, engaging in deliberate practice (with observation and feedback to trainees and colleagues) may be easier than doing so in writing. Nonetheless, this piece has prompted me to reflect about innovative and better ways of doing this.