Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Nov 27, 2015
5th January 2017
Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!
The discussion forum is often a fountain for fascinating conversation. Here you can find a discussion of the difference between the two intriguing, but sometimes confused, topics of “transfer” and “interleaving.”
A Surprise Book Recommendation for Teachers—and for Everyone
Barb was recently asked for her best recommendation for a book for teachers. She recommended the book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, by S. C. Gwynne. Jackson was everybody’s idea of a complete incompetent—his students, who often disliked him intensely, enjoyed making fun of him. Yet unbelievably, this “incompetent” became one of history’s greatest military leaders—adored by his men and able to pull victory from seemingly certain defeat time and time again.
Teachers can sometimes too quickly make assessments of their students’ abilities, unaware of hidden depths of character. And we are sometimes too quick to judge ourselves as well as others. Rebel Yell gives insight into the wondrous surprises that can lie within the human spirit. And if you’re feeling up for it, get S. C. Gwynne’s previous fantastic book, Empire of the Summer Moon, about the Comanche empire. This book speaks magnificently to the fact that different eras in history call for learning different skills. The change in the skillsets needed even during a single lifetime can be immense—and the 21st century hasn’t been the only time of rapid change. (Cynthia and Quanah Parker’s stories are incredible!)
As you might have guessed if you’ve been following Learning How to Learn for a while, we’re big fans of Class Central, the best “one stop shop” to discover more about MOOCs on any subject you might be interested in. Feel free to check out Class Central’s offerings—and to leave a review of Learning How to Learn. 🙂
Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!
Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team