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!

You Never Forget Your First

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe.  If you’re a history buff, as we are, you will get a lot out of Coe’s seemingly lighthearted and oft-times irreverent look at George Washington.  We’ve long wished for a fairly dispassionate book ab …

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Kindred

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art, by Rebecca Wragg Sykes. We have to admit, like many a fellow Homo sapiens, we’re enamored of Neanderthals. So we were very excited to get our hands on this book. And indeed, Kindred did a great job of pointing out not only the s …

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Taking the Stress Out of Homework

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Taking the Stress Out of Homework: Organizational, Content-Specific, and Test-Prep Strategies to Help Your Children Help Themselves, by Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer. This wonderful book is a much-needed masterpiece—chock-full of simple, easy-to-implement ideas that will …

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Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation, by Susan Williams, tells a fascinating tale about how love, racism, and politics can intertwine to affect an entire country.  Sir Seretse Khama was born to inherit the throne of leadership in the British Protectorate of …

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Good Habits, Bad Habits

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick, by Wendy Wood. It looks like we’re on a roll this month with fantastic reads! Good Habits, Bad Habits is one of those life-changing books where the implications of what you’re discovering unfold grad …

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Think Again

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month We have long been fans of Adam Grant, whose powerful book Give and Take is one of our favorites.  His newest book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, is worth the price of the book in the first chapters alone. Grant nails it, for example, with his discuss …

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Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book, by Elizabeth Lyon. We’re often asked how to get started in publishing a non-fiction book. You can’t do any better than to read Elizabeth Lyon’s guide, which provides a cra …

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Negative Self-Talk & How to Change It

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Negative Self-Talk & How to Change It, by Shad Helmstetter.  After reading about how one of Caesar’s assassins, Brutus, shifted himself from probable victory into suicidal defeat at the Battle of Philippi, (at least as detailed in The Last Assassin),  we became interested …

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The Coaching Habit

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Happy New Year for all 2.4 million Learning How to Learners who receive this Cheery Friday newsletter!  You’re an inspiration for all of us with your desire to learn and grow. May your 2021 be bright and filled with new and happy discoveries in your learning! Book of the Week The Coaching Hab …

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The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar, by Peter Stothard. The Roman Empire is an endless source of fascination—this new book lends a different perspective to the Empire’s most pivotal event.  Frankly, we have never read a book of history that had such a …

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