Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Mar 18, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Leadership conference with a difference – 25 May 2016 (Barb’s thrilled to be back in England!)

There’s a wonderful upcoming leadership conference “Liberating Leaders,” on May 25, 2016 at Bedales School in the UK. The conference is for school leaders, aspiring leaders and sixth form pupils. It was designed in partnership with TES, one of the world’s most influential educational publications. “Liberating Leaders” is a great conference not only for those in the UK, but for those around the world who are looking for more international leadership perspectives. You’ll gain the tools and knowledge to be innovative in running a school while helping students develop as individuals. (Bedales has been famous ever since its founding over a century ago as a humane alternative to the authoritarian regimes typical of late-Victorian public schools.) Student delegates will be given the tools to prepare them for taking on leadership roles in their schools. Barb will help start the conference with her keynote—it would be great if she might meet you there!

Meetup in the Hague

A reminder: Barb and some of our Senior Mentor Team will be having a Learning How to Learn meetup at the Hague Marriott. We’ll be in the Great Room Lobby & Bar from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on March 20th. If you’re planning to attend and haven’t posted on the discussion forum already, please add your post on the discussion forum here. We’re in town for the Coursera annual conference. Coursera works hard to share innovative new tools to improve our MOOCs—the Learning How to Learn team is about to embark on some new learning!

“Dabble in Something Different”—A Rule of Thumb for Remaining Creative

One thing Barb likes to do to remain creative is to spend a little time reading books, watching television shows (she’s currently engrossed in Season 4 of House of Cards), or taking MOOCs that have nothing to do with whatever she is working on. In fact, the further away the subject is from whatever she’s working on, the better. She feels this “dabble in something different” philosophy has helped her keep a creative edge, and has also helped her maintain an openness to new ideas and approaches.

Along the lines of this “dabble in something different” philosophy, when Barb was in Utah several years ago working on a book, she became friends with Creighton Horton, an assistant Utah attorney general. Creight has gone on to write a spectacularly interesting book A Reluctant Prosecutor, about his life as a prosecutor in Utah’s criminal justice system. A Reluctant Prosecutor gives a very different perspective on a world of bombings, murders, political intrigue, public corruption, polygamists, imperious and eccentric judges, capital cases, con men, overreaching cops, venal public officials, and innocent people convicted of murders they didn’t commit. Barb was surprised to learn that there are even better ways to defend the disadvantaged if you are a prosecutor than as a defense lawyer.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for something different to fuel your mental juices to remain creative, A Reluctant Prosecutor is just the ticket.

Teach your Child the Memory Palace Technique

Four time US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis has written an adorable children’s book I Forgot Something (But I Can’t Remember What it Was). What a wonderful way to introduce a child you care about to a technique that can be valuable for them throughout their life.

That’s all for now. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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