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VA Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf
Start Date: 7/29/2017Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 7/29/2017End Time: 4:00 PM

Event Description:


What does it take to become an expert? The journey to being an expert brings practitioners to conferences, workshops, webinars, and mentoring to learn from peers who have devoted hours of research and constructed presentations to provide tools that can be taken home. However, passively listening to a lecture, reading a skill development book, and watching vlogs will not transform that practitioner into an expert, nor will working eighty hours a week. The key is to incorporate deliberate practice by identifying a goal that can be narrowed to the smallest unit of skill, and to practice that skill unit until it is mastered. After exhausting all possible ways of wringing learning from the practice, the next skill unit can be identified and practiced.

Researchers Simon & Chase (1973) point out that it can take up to a decade of deliberate practice to obtain this desired level of expertise. This workshop brings research from Simon and Chase, Ericsson, and Bloom to sign language interpreters to forever dispel the myth that mastery is unattainable. Diving into these researchers’ work has given Wink the resources needed to define how to create individualized deliberate practice regimens. He will discuss and model how to accomplish this.

Location Information:
Main Campus - Business Science Building  (View Map)
3099 Colonial Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24015
Room: M106 - Whitman Auditorium
Contact Information:
Name: Tara Nepper
Phone: 857-6492

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