Hit Refresh

25th January 2018

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Week

We happened to pick up Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone, by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. To be honest, we weren’t expecting much (we read a lot of books that never make the cut for our Cheery Friday newsletter). We were astonished to find a CEO who is the real deal as far as caring both for his customers and the employees of his company.  Satya’s empathy for others, growing in part from his children’s physical and learning challenges, have given him a sui generis approach to running a company. Satya’s book is a wonderfully inspiring read about the difference a great company, with great leadership, can make in people’s lives. Also includes interesting perspectives on quantum computing and artificial intelligence. Highly recommended!

Motivating the Unmotivated Student

Here’s a short article by Barb in Insight Magazine, the leading magazine for independent schools, on motivated unmotivated students. (Yes, Barb was often a very unmotivated student when she was a kid….)

Barb’s Interview with Jonathan Levi on “Becoming a SuperLearner”

Barb is now an admirer of Jonathan Levi after their broad-ranging, fun episode together: Understanding Learning and How It Works.” Looks down the webpage to see descriptions of the different segments of our lengthy discussion, so you can jump to what you find most interesting.  Great insights on learning don’t just come from a university setting–insightful “lay people” like Jonathan can synthesize fresh ideas and insights that are often more helpful than the findings of any academic paper.  

Video Tips from Memory Champion Nelson Dellis on Setting Goals

Nelson has just returned from the successful Kilimanjaro trip that he organized. He summitted for the second time! Nelson’s not only a memory expert, and a champion climber, but he’s also obviously terrific at setting and achieving goals.  Here’s a video he put together for you on setting goals in 2018. Enjoy!

The Effects of Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector

Since we’re interested in all matters teaching and learning related, we couldn’t help but notice this article on the “The Effects of Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector,” by Jonathan H. Adler, the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western. As the article notes: “Using data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we demonstrate that collective bargaining leads to sizable reductions in measured cognitive and non-cognitive skills among young adults. Taken together, our results suggest laws that support collective bargaining for teachers have adverse long-term labor market consequences for students.”

Monthly MOOC Watch from Class Central

This month’s Class Central analysis gives a sense of providers’ varying approaches to monetizing to keep alive and healthy in the competitive MOOC-space.

Just Plain Fun Stuff

Ever wondered what your upstairs’ neighbors are doing that is making all that noise?  Find out here.

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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