This has been an amazing week for studying. Despite a very busy seven days, I was able to stay centered and move through the fray without getting bogged down in stress.
For several weeks, I’ve put off acknowledging the need to improve math skills to feel more comfortable as a programmer. I hadn’t mentioned it here simply because I didn’t want to think about it. Math took a left turn for me somewhere in high school and there’s been a negative association ever since. So when I stumbled upon Stanford’s online class called How to Learn Math, it sounded like a second chance: ‘The course is a short intervention designed to change students’ relationships with math,.. causing students to re-engage successfully with math via a ‘Growth Mindset’, taking a new approach to the subject and their learning.’ Presently, the course is designed for teachers and other helpers of math learners, such as parents. The creator of the class, Jo Boaler (Professor of Math Education at Stanford University) will release a student version of the course (likely) in the fall. Already this class is proving effective in adjusting my mindset regarding perspectives around learning (not just math) and expanding my capabilities. I plan to create a post later this week to elaborate on the class takeaway.
Other new goals for this week: 1) Create an outline for a webpage to hold important study links and design tools; 2) Start Khan Academy’s ‘The World of Math’ course (which apparently has been redesigned around the Growth Mindset model touted by Jo Boaler; 3) Begin the first two chapters of Python Essential Reference (4th Edition) for an Austin Learn Python Meetup.
I’ll end with John Cleese answering the question ‘What is creativity and how to stimulate it’. Have a wonderful week!