Prevent Garbage In, Garbage Out: Take Notes 
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Last week I wrote about Charles Babbage and his Difference Engine.  Acknowledged as the father of the modern computer, Mr. Babbage lived from 1791–1879.  I suggested that parents create a Making a Difference Engine, or MDE.  I hope you have done so!  Remember the acronym GIGO means “Garbage in, garbage out” or what goes into the machine determines the outcome.  In this article I will suggest where to find the best input information for your child’s practice, aka MDE, and how to organize it.

Structuring practice to produce desired results  Click here to read the second article
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Charles Babbage lived his life (1791 –1879) before integrated circuits or even electricity were invented.  Yet Charles Babbage is considered the father of the computer.  Babbage invented the first mechanical computer using punch cards to input information into his “Difference Engine,” a machine that eventually led to more complex designs and our modern computers.  So what, you are asking, does this have to do with practicing?  Read on.

Checklists as Useful Starters for Practice
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Dr. Atul Gawande, surgeon and author of The Checklist Manifesto, said, “Checklists seem able to defend everyone, even the experienced, against failure in many more tasks than we realized.  They provide a kind of cognitive net.  They catch mental flaws inherent in all of us - flaws of memory and attention and thoroughness.”