Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! May 20, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Rap version of Learning How to Learn from Focus: Hope (the chorus features “Coursera!”)

Here’s a short, fun, upbeat rap song sent along by Mrs. Ifeoma Okechukwu, the Manager, the Center for Advanced Technologies Engineering Education, Focus: HOPE. It features several of her talented adult learners, who have figured out a wonderful way to remember the key ideas of Learning How to Learn. (Love the “Coursera, Coursera” refrain!)

Great Visual and Book on Overcoming Procrastination

One of the best visuals we’ve seen in a long time is “How to Get Motivated: A Guide for Defeating Procrastination.” Go to the discussion forum where it is posted and check it out.

Procrastination, as it turns out, is probably one of our Learning How to Learner’s biggest challenges. The visual we mentioned above is based on a terrific book—The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, by Piers Steele. Of all the books we’ve read on procrastination (and we’ve read a lot), we found this one to be the best—highly recommended!

“Deutsche LHTL-Mannschaft – übersetze ein paar Untertitel, verwandle ein paar Sätze!” (Learning How to Learn in German )

Our new German Lead, Sebastian Koelper, is asking for German-speakers to join him in establishing his team to create a complete German version of Learning How to Learn. If you’re interested in joining Sebastian’s team, please go to the discussion forum here for information about how to get started!

Barb in the United Kingdom

Also remember Barb will be giving a keynote on learning at the Liberating Leaders Conference in Petersfield, Hampshire UK on 25 May 2016. If you’re anywhere in Europe and doing anything with leadership in education, this conference shouldn’t be missed.

The human story behind the progress of science

One of our most memorable books of recent years is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. What we especially appreciate about this book is that it plays fair to all concerned—it tells a riveting personal story about Henrietta Lacks and her extraordinary family. But it also helps us better understand how science is learning to grapple with profound ethical issues. An intriguing short book in a related vein is our friend Jef Akst’s Personal Trials: How Terminally Ill ALS Patients Took Medical Treatment Into Their Own Hands. Jef is a senior editor for The Scientist—it’s eye-opening to learn of how seemingly ordinary people are beginning to band together to help tackle some of medicine’s most intractable challenges.

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

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

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