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!

Hit Lit!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Hit Lit! Top Books of 2020 for LHTLers! It’s been a wild and crazy 2020. But one thing we can say with certainty is that learning through reading is one of the best ways around to boost your spirits!  With that, here are the top books LHTLers have loved during 2020. (We won’t count our own Le …

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You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place, by Janelle Shane.  Shane is a Colorado-based artificial intelligence researcher who makes computer-controlled holograms for studying the brain. She also runs …

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The Incredible Journey of Plants

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Incredible Journey of Plants, by Stefano Mancuso. Have you ever wondered how avocados spread their seeds when their pits are so large? (Hint, when the mammoths died out, avocados almost did, too.) Or where the world’s most forlorn trees reside? Or what happened to the tre …

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Uncommon Sense Teaching

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! ASEE Presents: Barb’s Synchronous Master Class On Effective Teaching Barb and colleagues (and a special mystery guest!) will be doing the first live webinar presenting practical insights and ideas from their groundbreaking new book Uncommon Sense Teaching, (more info below 🙂 ) This workshop, …

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Leif and the Fall

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Leif and the Fall, by Allison Sweet Grant and Adam Grant.  All the other leaves say that “All leaves fall in the fall.”  But Leif applies creativity to learn that success grows from plenty of failures in this beautifully illustrated little story. If you are a parent, caregive …

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Something Deeply Hidden

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime, by Sean Carroll. We have to admit, we know nothing about quantum physics. (Well, at least Barb, who is writing this review, knew nothing about quantum physics. Terry, on the other hand, studied relativity …

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Teachers vs Tech? The Case for an Ed Tech Revolution

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Teachers vs Tech? The Case for an Ed Tech Revolution, by Daisy Christodoulou. We’re tremendous fans of “force of nature” Daisy Christdoulou, author of Seven Myths about Education. In her newest book, Daisy makes the perceptive, balanced case for using technology for many cri …

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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, by Nathaniel Philbrick. Barb and her Hero Hubby Phil were driving through Montana last week and happened to spot signs for the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Next thing you know, the in …

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Calling Bullshit

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West. This very readable book describes how easy it is for journalists, politicians, companies, and yes, even researchers themselves to bullshit people.  As Bergstrom and West n …

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Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, by Ian Leslie. Barb has an upcoming talk for Novartis on curiosity for their Curiosity Week, (it will start with the story of the worst professor Barb ever had, and this professor’s inadvertent role in inspiring …

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