Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Oct 21, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Week

Many of you have written or posted in the past about problems with anxiety, depression, and guilt—common problems in this day and age. We’d like to recommend one of the greatest books around in dealing with these challenges: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by Dr. David Burns. These cognitive therapy approaches have been soundly proven by science. You can have a profound effect on your feelings just by reading and doing the active exercises in the book. That’s probably why Feeling Good has been a best-seller for nearly a decade.

Barb’s talk at McMaster University

Check out Barb’s very different perspectives about how to attract women in STEM, along with many other topics in discussion with the inimitable Dean Ishwar Puri at McMaster University. Thirteen thousand viewers joined live—this popular talk keeps drawing more and more.

The Counterintuitive Guru

Many of you know that we greatly admire Watanabe Manabu’s international perspectives on learning. Don’t miss his latest post on “Why We Should NOT Learn from Other Countries’ Education.” This brief, perceptive article is one of the best we’ve read in a long time.

Enhancing parent’s help in getting schoolwork in on time—and in school fundraising!

Here’s something we think looks intriguing—a new platform, Schoolze, that enhances parental engagement with schools. It’s all gamified so that both parents and children can become more engaged with the school and with educational work. Schoolze is designed to save time (4-6 hours weekly) for teachers, and it also provides a great new paradigm as a school fundraiser. Here’s a demo for classroom productivity—Schoolze has modules for PTAs, schools, and districts as well.

MOOC of the Week

Senior Mentor Linda Walker points us to an intriguing new MOOC: The Art and Science of Memory: 5 Keys to Learning. Professor of psychology Simon Moss, along with two-time World Memory Champion Jonas von Essen provide insight into five memory techniques. This sounds like a practical course that’s also grounded in good research—check it out!

A System versus a Goal

Our mentor Steven Cooke has been discussing process versus product with learners—he’s also provided a link to James Clear’s excellent article in Life Hacker—”Get More Done By Focusing on Systems Instead of Goals.”

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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