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My brain has frostbite! Can’t we learn by the fireplace?

I live in the Northeast U.S., and we’ve had so much snow lately I’m starting to feel like I live in a giant igloo.  Snow is piled high enough that I can’t find a safe place nearby to walk my Golden Retriever, Haylee.

So we drive to a college campus where they HAVE to clear the sidewalks or learning would come to a standstill.  Walking through campus in early evening, I see students taking night courses in sterile classrooms.  Then,  directly across the street, I see more students sitting on overstuffed chairs by a warm fire with their laptops.  (Colleges today are a lot nicer than when I went to school.)


Haylee in the snow. (Note her brain frostbite.)

With the exception of Haylee, who would stay outside forever, most of us would prefer to do our learning by a nice warm fire.  Especially if we feel like we’re living in an igloo.  My friend and SAP colleague, Diane Bradley, calls this learning in the Happy Place.  Based on personal observation and conversations with experts, she argues that from a young age, we learn better where we are most comfortable.

Of course we can’t install fireplaces and couches in every classroom.  What we need is a way to bring learning to your Happy Place, and Diane has some thoughts about how to make this happen.

Why don’t you go to your happy place and check out her blog?

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