Deliberate Practice with Wink Smith

  • 29 Jul 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA


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VRID and VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant Present

Deliberate Practice, How?

Presented by Wink Smith

0.6 CEUs in Professional Studies Offered

Where:           Virginia Western Community College

                       The Whitman Theater

                       3095 Colonial Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24015

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:00AM - 4:00PM (.6 CEUs)

Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

         Non-Members - $60.00

         VRID Students - $25.00

         VDOE Grant participants- Free

POC: Tammy Fortune

What does it take to become an expert? 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: identify a narrow goal, and practice that skill unit until it is mastered. Wink brings research from Simon and Chase, Ericsson, and Bloom to sign language interpreters to forever dispel the myth that mastery is unattainable.This workshop breaks down how participants can analyze and identify their own goals for practice, demonstrates how to deliberately practice discrete linguistic aspects, and provides an opportunity to begin this process. *Presented in ASL*


Wink, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the RID Views, Winter 2012 issue. Presenting workshops the last five years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. A fun fact: in 2016 alone, Wink traveled professionally enough miles to circle the earth over three times.

Target Audience: Those who want to learn how to practice deliberately within home studies

CEUs:  VRID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.  This program is offered for 0.6 possible CEUs in the content area of professional studies.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID by July 15, 2017, two weeks prior to the event activity.  No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date. 

Reasonable Accommodations: If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact the POC by July 15, 2017.  Although requests for accommodations will be accepted after this date, VRID cannot guarantee the accommodation will be provided.

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