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!

The Longevity Diet

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! (Some of you may have experienced problems with direct links to the books. That should be fixed now―if you still experience problems, please let us know.)[Hat tip: Campbell.] Book of the Week The Longevity Diet, by Valter Longo. This book provides an intriguing set of hypotheses about how to …

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Teach Like a Champion

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! This week, we’ll focus on K12, especially math. Next week, it’s back to our usual broad-ranging programming. Book of the Month Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College, by Doug Lemov, Joaquin Hernandez, and Jennifer Kim. It’s no wonder Lemov’s book has …

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The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine, by Serhii Plokhy. It’s all too easy, in reading books on history, to focus on the areas of the world that currently have large populations. Russia, for example, overshadows Ukraine by more than a factor of three, population-wise (145 …

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The Power of Bad

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It, by John Tierney and Roy Baumeister. Unlike many optimists, Barb has always been the kind of person who anxiously anticipates possible bad outcomes. Since she’s a contrarian, however, she faces life w …

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Infinite Powers

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! As a result of interest in our recent email alluding to limits and problems with teaching mathematics using reform approaches, in this week’s email, we’ll focus solely on math.  Next week, back to our usual wide-ranging (hint hint) discussions. Book of the Week Infinite Powers: How Calculus R …

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Think Like a Rocket Scientist

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life, by Ozan Varol. Varol really was a rocket scientist—he served as a member of the operations team for NASA’s 2003 Mars Exploration Rover project; which sent two rovers to examine …

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No One Cares About Crazy People

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers. Both of Powers’ sons were afflicted with schizophrenia, which fueled his desire to begin sorting out and writing about why there is such chaos in the US regarding treatment fo …

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As You Wish

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, by Cary Elwes. We’ve long been fans of the cult-classic movie The Princess Bride. After reading As You Wish, we had to watch the movie yet again, this time to observe where Westley gives a slight hobble ( …

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Catch and Kill

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Barb’s just back from several days working with Novartis in Basel, Switzerland.  This post, by Chara Balasubramaniam, Head of Global Development University at Novartis, hints at the visionary work Novartis is doing related to learning at a corporate level. Tell Us About Your Experiences in Ou …

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Hit Lit! Top books of 2019

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Hit Lit! Top Books of 2019 for Learning How to Learners! Here are the books and tools that LHTLers have found to be most useful this year (not counting our own Learning How to Learn, A Mind for Numbers, and Mindshift, which of course ranked at the top!) Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outs …

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