Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Friend of a Friend

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s selection is Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career, by business school professor David Burkus. He offers great insight into how and why you can broaden your network, and how important it is to open your …

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Juggling for the Complete Klutz

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week About forty years ago, Barb picked up the now-classic book Juggling for the Complete Klutz, by John Cassidy and B. C. Rimbeaux, which comes complete with three bean bags for juggling. Following the book’s instructions, she gradually learned to juggle. (We’re not talking circu …

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Sometimes we enjoy stepping back into the past, (it can be surprising how many of today’s challenges are just repeats from the past!) This week, we dove into biographer extraordinaire Walter Isaacson’s first historical biography: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.  W …

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The Courage to Grow

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week We have two related books to recommend this week: The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids, by Madeline Levine, PhD. Our tendency is to focus on obviously disadvantaged kids coming from po …

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On Writing

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we read Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft—if you have any interest in writing at all, this is a great book, especially when paired with William Zinsser’s On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, which is geared towards non-fiction.   …

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This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we read This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order, by New York Times reporter John Schwartz.  This is an important book—before she passed away, Barb’s aunt Renie could have told you why. Renie was a smart, independent career woman.  When she retired, to her …

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Principles

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Ray Dalio’s Principles: Life and Work is a masterpiece of insight, not only on how to achieve your goals, (whatever those goals might be), but on how you can build an organization that is structured for success.  Dalio knows what he’s talking about—he founded his investment …

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Off the charts/SEA Homeschoolers Conference

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we read Ann Hulbert’s Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.  A strength of this book was its broad coverage of prodigies of all sorts—from computer programming savants like Bill Gates to dance and acting prodigy Shirley Temple.   …

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How the Brain Learns–Sort of….

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! A Survey to Help Improve Learning How to Learn Barb asks for your help in completing this survey by researchers Eulho Jung and Dongho Kim to help us better understand the learning that’s taking place in Learning How to Learn.  We hope to use the results of the survey to further improvement of …

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The Glass Castle/Barb in Doha

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We make it a practice to ask people about their all-time favorite book. Along these lines, we’ve had a number of recommendations for The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls. So we finally broke down—it turns out to be a fast, riveting read. (The Glass Castle, incidenta …

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