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!

Random thoughts on history, feeling stuck, and creativity

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we’re into history and biography.  We’ve been reading (click here for more–including a picture of Barb with Santiago Ramony y Cajal’s death mask….) Finding Truth in History In keeping with this week’s historical motif, here’s a posting from the ever-thoughtful Far …

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Breaking News on Barb & Terry’s Next Project

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 scho …

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Thomas Frank’s videos on learning

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! How to Do Homework Fast We’re fans of Thomas Frank’s videos—and not just because he occasionally mentions Barb’s book A Mind for Numbers.  Here’s a smart, fast-moving, video from Thomas that gives a lot of great tips on getting homework done smartly.  [Hat tip, LHTLer Kristófer.] How to Effic …

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Great new blog on how to succeed at online courses

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Great New Blog on How to Succeed at Online Courses Pat Bowden is a “super-MOOCer” who has completed over 80 MOOCs.  We highly recommend her blog Online Learning Success: How to succeed at online courses for interest or to benefit your career. Pat recently completed a nice review of Learning H …

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Deep Thinking

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week This past week, we read two contrasting books on the impact of artificial intelligence and the digital world. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, by Franklin Foer. The central idea of this book is that Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple have become perni …

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Surprise viral video inspired by Learning How to Learn!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we recommend Robert Sutton’s new book The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt.  (Sutton did his own Audible version.) Everyone will encounter, or even occasionally themselves become, a toxic person sooner or later. Sutton provide …

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The Soul of an Octopus

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week Maybe it’s just the excitement of fall that has our literary enthusiasm going, but this week we bounced back and forth between two dramatically different books just for the fun of it. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Mo …

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Born Standing Up

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week Unusually for us, we have several wide-ranging book recommendations this week. Laughing out loud: Barb’s aunt was the mail-woman who used to deliver comedian Steve Martin’s mail for him at his home in Hollywood. So that’s how we came to know that in real life, Steve Martin i …

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The Hidden Life of Trees

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Today’s book is a little different from usual.  It is The Hidden Life of TREES: What They Feel, How They Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben (Audio book here).  We LOVE this best-selling book, which has been optioned for translation into 19 different languages!  The New York Tim …

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Pre-Suasion

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Our book of the week this week is Robert Cialdini’s recent book Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade (Audio book here), which has come a decade after his masterpiece Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Audio version here.  As we mentioned in an earl …

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