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 Swerve

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt. One of the things we love about reading is that it allows us to discover how much we don’t know.  We had no clue, for example, about how the works of ancient Roman writers were able to make their way through two …

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A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins. Hawkins is a neuroscientist as well as one of the most successful and highly regarded computer architects in Silicon Valley. Some of his scientific papers have become the most downloaded and cited papers in th …

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Course Hero’s Education Summit

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Course Hero’s Education Summit As you may know, we’re huge fans of Course Hero and its ability to help level the playing field for students.  (Barb still remembers flunking a test during her undergraduate engineering studies because she wasn’t in the elite clique with access to old tests that …

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Churchill & Son

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Churchill & Son, by Josh Ireland. Reaching the end of a fantastic book like Churchill & Son is bittersweet. There’s a feeling of satisfaction with the closure, but that satisfaction is mixed with the sad knowledge that you will not be able to return and spend more ti …

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Teach for Attention!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Teach for Attention! A Tool Belt of Strategies for Engaging Students with Attention Challenges, by Ezra Werb. This brief, easy-to-read book provides “from the trenches” teaching strategies for students with ADHD, low self-confidence, distraction, and other attention challenge …

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The Tiger

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, by John Vaillant.  This is one of those books that’s hard to put down, as the story unfolds of a tiger with a lethal grudge against a particular human—a grudge that widened to encompass every human the tiger encountered.  Joh …

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Uncommon Sense Teaching!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Exciting announcement! We appreciate all your support of our work over the years! As a thank you, we are planning a very special event—where we could talk with you all about our new book Uncommon Sense Teaching, and hear some of your thoughts and questions once you get your copy and start rea …

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The Cattle Kingdom

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West, by Christopher Knowlton. What an eye-popping read! Many North Americans grow up familiar with cowboys, cattle barons, and the battle of barbed wire fences in the Western US, along with haute cuisine (at least as haute …

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The Book of Why

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect, by computer scientist and philosopher Judea Pearl. For anyone with the slightest interest in statistics, mathematics, or figuring out whether the public is being duped by yet another “solidly researched” fad, this book is …

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Heroes & Hormones

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Heroes & Hormones: From Screen Slave to Superhero, by Mali Alcobi.  Mali is an expert in  work-life balance who helps both employees and organizations develop systems that help people lead productive, yet happy lives.  Mali speaks around the world on this topic—which is h …

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