Breaking News on Barb & Terry’s Next Project

12th October 2017

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

The Times of London breaks the story of Barb & Terry’s next project

Journalist Eleanor Busby of the Times Educational Supplement has presciently captured the learning surprise coming out from Barb, Terry, and their co-author Al McConville next August. If you are a parent, teacher, or school administrator are interested in providing constructive feedback by November 2oth regarding the draft of the new Learning How to Learn book for 10- to 15-year-olds, please email Barb at We’re especially looking for insights from kids, so if you’re willing to work through the text with your child or your class and give us cogent feedback, that would be especially helpful. And if you’re a school administrator looking for a great textbook for your teachers and students next year, this would give you an excellent chance to size up the material and plan ahead.

A Penetrating Interview on Designing Truly Effective Learning Experiences

When it comes to engaging learners and designing truly effective learning experiences, it may not be as complex—or costly—as you may think. In this Leading Learning podcast, Celisa Steele talks with Barb about why helping people learn about learning is so effective, the importance of creating better online materials, and tips for organizations who provide learning to create more value by focusing on these areas.

Barb to be Speaking at the Smithsonian next Wednesday (October 18)!

Here is a podcast with Paul Vogelsang of the Smithsonian’s “Not Old Better” show. Although in this podcast, she reviews some information you already know of Barb’s past and other information from Learning How to Learn, you’ll also discover some surprising new insights. If you’re in the DC area, remember that Barb would love to meet you at the Smithsonian next Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:45 pm—she’ll plan to be at the Auditorium early to mingle, chat, and say hello.  (The talk has been moved to the far larger Baird Auditorium at Natural History to accommodate the crowds.)  Register here. Bring friends and family for a fantastic overview of the key ideas of Learning How to Learn. And while you’re at it, learn fun-behind-the-scenes insights on how the course was created, and why it’s become the two-million-strong leviathan it is today!

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

Here’s an interesting article by Srini Pillay, M.D. that describes why it’s not a good idea to remain relentlessly in focused mode, and what to do instead. [Hat tip, LHTLer Joe Muskatel.]

Book of the Week: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or other autoimmune-related disorders, we highly recommend The Keystone Approach: Healing Arthritis and Psoriasis by Restoring the Microbiome, by Rebecca Fett. Rebecca Fett is a science author with a degree in molecular biotechnology and biochemistry. Before becoming a full-time author, Rebecca spent ten years as a biotechnology patent litigation attorney in New York, where she specialized in analyzing the scientific and clinical evidence for biotechnology companies.

Broaden learning to boost diversity in STEM

We love this article by reporter Claire O’Connell about how encouraging people to broaden beyond the learning they find easy can enhance diversity and creativity. Barb got to meet Claire when she was in Dublin last week—she’s a dynamo of a reporter!

Barb in Colorado Springs, December 2nd

And if you’re in the general Denver-Colorado Springs area, Barb will be keynoting for the Colorado Association of School Boards on December 2nd.  You can register for just the one day of the conference if you’d like, or the full shebang. Barb will be meeting with students right after her talk, but then after that, she’d love to have coffee or tea together in the afternoon!


Last week we linked Annie Brookman Byrne’s article on educational neuroscience, noting that it was in the Nature Publishing Group (NPG).  Although Annie writes for NPG, the posting was actually in the blog BOLD–Blog on Learning and Development.  BOLD is a young blog, but they’re obviously already doing good work!

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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