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!

Hyperfocus

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, by Chris Bailey. This book gets right to the heart of how to tame distractions and get your attention keenly focused on the task at hand.  But Bailey does more—he also discusses intelligent use of the diffuse m …

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The Genius Ramanujan

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, by Robert Kanigel.  We first read this book not long after it originally came out in 1991.  The best biographies are often older ones, and this is definitely one of the best. We’ve been surprised over the years to fin …

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Atomic Habits

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear. Sometimes it’s valuable to go back over your life and habits to get a sense of how productive you are—and how much more productive you could be so as to leave room for family, f …

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Can’t Hurt Me

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month This week’s astonishing book is Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, by David Goggins. David grew up in an unbelievably tough environment with a deeply abusive father. He experienced prejudice and poverty, and suffered learning difficulties that left him gradua …

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When Can You Trust the Experts

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Learning How to Learn for Youth available on YouTube! Exciting news is that the first five incredible videos of the new Coursera MOOC Learning How to Learn for Youth are now available on YouTube, here. Don’t miss them—and pass the link along to friends and family!  What greater gift than the …

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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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