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!

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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The Obesity Code

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, by Jason Fung. We’ve met several friends lately who have shifted to eating only one meal a day—whatever they want during that meal—and have successfully lost, and kept off, dozens of pounds. One friend finally clued us i …

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Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Today, Barb’s giving the opening keynote for the Harvard-MIT-Dana Alliance Science of Learning Conference at 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM at The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA; with an advanced workshop that builds on these ideas at 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM.  If you’re near Boston, don’t miss it! Book of the …

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Babel No More

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners, by Michael Erard.  For years, Barb has thought she would like to write a book about language superlearners. Babel No More is what she had in mind. This fascinating book begins with the story of le …

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Patient H. M.

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Mайстер-клас від Барбари Оуклі Barb’s just wrapping up her work for IE University in Madrid, Spain this week and, after a weekend visiting historic and beautiful Toledo, is off to Kyiv, Ukraine to work with and speak for  Оsvitoria!  Book of the Week Patient H.M. A Story of Memory, Madness, a …

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