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!

How to Change Your Mind

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s read was How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, by Michael Pollan. We’ve had this book suggested to us by a number of Learning How to Learners, so we wanted to …

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Bad Blood and Good Eyes

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week We’ve just discovered that Barb’s book Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle.  If you’ve been meaning to read it, this is a great price (and very temporary), so get it now! Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies …

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Learning How to Learn–the new book!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Want to Help a Child or Teenager to Learn? There are so many books to help teachers understand how younger students learn. But you may be surprised to learn that there are virtually no books for those students themselves, or for their parents.   If you want to help a youngster from ages ten t …

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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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