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!

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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Don’t forget about Remember It!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month We were very lucky to receive a pre-publication copy of 4-time US memory champion Nelson Dellis’s new book Remember It! The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget. Nelson’s book will be coming out nex …

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Great Book Review of Learning How to Learn in TES!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we read and enjoyed James Crabtree’s The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age. We’re always fascinated by India, but sometimes the unfamiliar names (to our US-based sensibilities) can make it hard to keep track of what’s going on. Crabtree solv …

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NY Times Op-Ed & More!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We’re very interested in how games attract people’s attention. So as we are beginning to explore the world of gaming, we couldn’t resist reading David Kushner’s awesome Masters of Doom: How Two Guys  Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, about John Romero and John Ca …

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Book publication day, Learning How to Learn!

Cheery (and Surprising!) Tuesday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Sorry for the unusual Tuesday instead of Friday email this week, but… Today’s the Big Day—Launch of Barb & Terry (and Al’s) Fantastic New Book, Learning How to Learn! Barb and Terry, and their friend Al McConville, have spent the past several years writing a book that …

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How to Change Your Mind

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s read was How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, by Michael Pollan. We’ve had this book suggested to us by a number of Learning How to Learners, so we wanted to …

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Bad Blood and Good Eyes

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week We’ve just discovered that Barb’s book Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle.  If you’ve been meaning to read it, this is a great price (and very temporary), so get it now! Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies …

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