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!

Boyd

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Year Our very favorite, most highly recommended book this year is Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War.  This book ranks amongst our favorite biographies ever. Boyd was a genius level iconoclast (with a measured IQ of 90), and a rebel of the first order, who changed …

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Learning How to Learn for youths

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! A great review of our kids’ book Learning How to Learn Here are part 1, part 2, and part 3 of a review of Barb and Terry’s kids’ (and parents’ and teachers’) book Learning How to Learn in the blog the Examining Life, by  Erin Valdez. Erin has a wonderful way of connecting the book, and the id …

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Khan Academy

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Event of the year Barb is visiting Khan Academy today to have a “fireside chat” with Sal Khan—she’s so excited! Tune in on Facebook Live, or YouTube at 12:30 pm US Pacific time. Book of the Month We’re often asked by people who want to try to get back into math (or just into math, if they hav …

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Seven Myths About Education

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month As you can tell, we’ve been heavy into education books recently (don’t worry—we’ll be back soon to other topics!). Our most recent book, Seven Myths About Education, by Daisy Christodoulou, is one of the best on education that we’ve ever read. Daisy’s broad experience in tea …

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The Deep Learning Revolution!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Year The Deep Learning Revolution, by Terrence Sejnowski.  Barb had the chance to read this superlative book pre-press, and she has a beautiful hard copy beside her as she writes this. If you are interested in how we got to driverless cars, automated translations, eerily human-lik …

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The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The world’s most popular book about teaching, it seems, is Harry and Rosemary Wong’s The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher. This self-published book has sold over four million copies in the decades it has been in print, perhaps making it one of the most suc …

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Make It Stick

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We recently had the opportunity to have breakfast with Peter Brown, the first author of the redoubtable Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, which we believe to be one of the very best books on learning currently in existence. So we took the opportunity to rerea …

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The low cost of online learning–the high cost of being Gatsby

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week This week, we explored two very different books: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Normally, as you might have discerned, we’re not novel readers. But seeing as how The Great Gatsby has long been considered to be THE great American novel, we decided to give it a read …

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Comic books, Kahoot! and more

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week This week, we read two books by or about self-made men: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin.  Although we read Walter Isaacson’s outstanding biography, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, we couldn’t resist digging deeper to see what Franklin himsel …

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Quirky

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We have a habit of reading books about rebellious, contrarian sorts of people. Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World, by Melissa Schilling, is among the better of these books. Schilling’s discussion of …

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