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 Great Mental Models

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts and Volume 2: Physics, Chemistry and Biology by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien. by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien.  There is intriguing evidence from neuroscience that our brains “reuse” patterns based on …

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In Hoffa’s Shadow

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth, by Jack L. Goldsmith.  Since Barb lives in the Detroit area (she has lunched at the old Machus Red Fox, where the notorious Hoffa was last seen), she can’t help but take an interest in t …

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Napoleon: A Life

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Napoleon: A Life, by Andrew Roberts.  Having read Robert’s wonderful Napoleon, we now realize that we’d had an enormous gap in our understanding of European history—a gap related to Napoleon and the Napoleonic wars. If you’re a biography buff, Napoleon himself was one of the …

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The Order of Time

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Order of Time, by Carlo Rovelli. Who knew that a world class physicist—one of the founders of loop quantum gravity—could also write world class prose?  In this lovely little book, Rovelli introduces us to the complexities of (current) conceptions of time, where nothing is …

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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It, by Kamal Ravikant. This odd little book offers its own idiosyncratic approach to self-healing: to simply love yourself.  Many successful leaders in Silicon Valley are perhaps not in the healthiest place mentally, and Kamal was among …

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Elements of Education

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week The Elements of Education for Teachers: 50 Research Based Principles Every Educator Should Know, by Austin Volz, Julia Higdon, William Lidwell. When reading books about good teaching, it can easy to become overwhelmed with a flurry of approaches. The Elements takes a step ba …

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Think Like a Rocket Scientist

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Need PPE Support for Your Hospital? In response to last week’s call for PPE equipment for hospitals, LHTLer Rafael Mayer points us toward Frontline Heroes, a charity initiative to source PPE and donate to institutions in need in the US. It’s grass-roots and not meant to exist post crisis, but …

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Remote Learning Guidance from State Education Agencies

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Special note: Barb’s daughter Rosie is a physician on the front lines of battling COVID-19. She asks: “Please donate any PPE (gowns, masks of any kind, or eye protection) that you might have to your local hospitals—it would mean a lot to us.” Remote Learning Guidance from State Education Agen …

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Explaining Postmodernism

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! We thought last week was big with 26,000 new Learning How to Learners.  But this week is even bigger—40,852 new fellow students!  Welcome to our vibrant learning community, approaching 3 million total registered students on all platforms. If you are trying to grapple with career change or ups …

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Eat Fat, Get Thin

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! A new record of brand new Learning How to Learners this week—26,000 learners have joined since last week.  Welcome to our vibrant community, approaching 3 million total registered students on all platforms. If you are wrangling children or teens at home, don’t forget our companion course, Lea …

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