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!

Instant Pot

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! This week, we’re going to shift to a topic many people are now having to address as social distancing comes into play—how to cook and eat healthily.  Let’s start out with a gizmo you might find useful in your cooking at home, and then move on to helpful ideas for handling home, work, and lear …

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Cheery Saturday Greetings—Special Pandemic Edition

Cheery Saturday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Tips for Moving Your Classes Online We realize that, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many teachers are working this weekend to move their courses online.  If you are one of those teachers, here is a compendium of general information that might prove helpful for you.  Li …

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How We Learn

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now, by Stanislas Dehaene. This is the best book around, hands down, on how the brain learns. Part of the brilliance of Dehaene’s book is that he breaks everything down into easy-to-understand insights that all …

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Explicit & Direct Instruction: An Evidence-Informed Guide for Teachers

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Explicit & Direct Instruction: An Evidence-Informed Guide for Teachers, Edited by Tom Boxer, Series Editor Tom Bennett. This wonderful short book lays out everything you need to know about Direct Instruction, a precise way of teaching that research has shown to be one of …

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The Longevity Diet

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! (Some of you may have experienced problems with direct links to the books. That should be fixed now―if you still experience problems, please let us know.)[Hat tip: Campbell.] Book of the Week The Longevity Diet, by Valter Longo. This book provides an intriguing set of hypotheses about how to …

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Teach Like a Champion

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! This week, we’ll focus on K12, especially math. Next week, it’s back to our usual broad-ranging programming. Book of the Month Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College, by Doug Lemov, Joaquin Hernandez, and Jennifer Kim. It’s no wonder Lemov’s book has …

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The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine, by Serhii Plokhy. It’s all too easy, in reading books on history, to focus on the areas of the world that currently have large populations. Russia, for example, overshadows Ukraine by more than a factor of three, population-wise (145 …

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The Power of Bad

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It, by John Tierney and Roy Baumeister. Unlike many optimists, Barb has always been the kind of person who anxiously anticipates possible bad outcomes. Since she’s a contrarian, however, she faces life w …

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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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