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Ed Burger – Inspired by Math #12

Here's a really fun interview with a Math professor who is engaging, smart, and has won a ton of awards. If you've ever wondered how we as teachers, parents, students, and life long learners could make a difference in a subject like Math that's been so much sucked of its life, listen to this podcast and read the short book, The Five Elements of Effective Thinking.

About Ed Burger

Edward B. Burger is a professor at Williams College, an educational and business consultant, and a former vice provost at Baylor University. He has authored or coauthored more than sixty-five articles, books, and video series; delivered over five hundred addresses and workshops throughout the world; and made more than fifty radio and television appearances. His teaching and scholarly writing have earned him many national honors, including the largest teaching award given in the English-speaking world.

See Ed Burger's Wikipedia page and his page at Williams College.

About The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

From the publisher's site:

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities.

The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.

Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way.

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  1. I’m on my second listen as recommended in the book. Wow, I am so amazed that on the second listen I am absorbing the thinking strategy for long term retrieval.

    Looking forward to practicing all elements in unison anytime I need to think clearly. I love the “permission” you gave to ask the fundamental probing questions, I like to also think of this as the “5 whys” from Lean practices.

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