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!

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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Learning How to Learn–the new book!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Want to Help a Child or Teenager to Learn? There are so many books to help teachers understand how younger students learn. But you may be surprised to learn that there are virtually no books for those students themselves, or for their parents.   If you want to help a youngster from ages ten t …

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Friend of a Friend

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s selection is Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career, by business school professor David Burkus. He offers great insight into how and why you can broaden your network, and how important it is to open your …

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Juggling for the Complete Klutz

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week About forty years ago, Barb picked up the now-classic book Juggling for the Complete Klutz, by John Cassidy and B. C. Rimbeaux, which comes complete with three bean bags for juggling. Following the book’s instructions, she gradually learned to juggle. (We’re not talking circu …

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Sometimes we enjoy stepping back into the past, (it can be surprising how many of today’s challenges are just repeats from the past!) This week, we dove into biographer extraordinaire Walter Isaacson’s first historical biography: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.  W …

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