Thanksgiving Break Edition

I am posting these announcements on Friday, November 17. It is now Thanksgiving Break in this class: enjoy your week off! Week 14 will start on Monday, November 27.

and safe travels to those of you on the road!

When you have more than what you need,
build a longer table, not a higher fence.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you turned in a Week 12 assignment on time, you should have comments back from me now; anything turned in during the grace period on Monday and later during the week is in the stack. Next Friday (November 24), I will be spending a day at work to reply to assignments in the stack, working through them in the order they were turned in. While you are waiting on comments back from me about your Project assignment, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email. I'll try to update the stack periodically during the break.

Finishing the class. I'm guessing some of you will want to finish up the class during the break, which is great! As soon as you reach the points for the grade you want, you are done with the class. There is more information about how that works here: Class Progress. All the assignments for Week 13, Week 14, and Week 15 are available in Canvas for those of you who want to take the break to work ahead. There is no need to wait: go, go, go! If you can finish up this class now, that will give you more time to focus on finals and end-of-semester projects in your other classes.

My schedule. I'll be traveling for part of the break, with limited Internet access on those travel days. If you have a question, send me an email, and I'll reply when I am back online again. If it's something that urgently needs a reply, put "important" in the subject line to help make sure I see it.

Past announcements. If you are looking for announcements to browse through for the Backup/Review extra credit, you can browse Week 13, Week 12, Week 11, and Week 10 just by clicking on those links.

The following items are for Thanks-Giving and gratitude:

Being Grateful. You might enjoy this article from the New York Times: Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier by Arthur C. Brooks: This Thanksgiving, don’t express gratitude only when you feel it. Give thanks especially when you don’t feel it. Rebel against the emotional “authenticity” that holds you back from your bliss. 

And here are some videos about gratitude:

The Amazing Effects of Gratitude from PBS Studios.

Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg, featuring the words of Brother David Steindl-Rast.

And here is Brother David Steindl-Rast's TED talk: Want to be happy? Be grateful.

And since Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, I wanted to include this beautiful video by Maati Baani in honor of India's farmers, and of farmers everywhere!

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.