Friday, April 9 - Sunday, April 11

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 11! The Week 11 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 11 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon. Also, Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Week 11 Responding: Check your groups. The groups for Blog Responding are basically the same as last week, but there have been some small adjustments, based on the folks who are finished with the class. So, before you do the blog responding assignment, double-check on your group to make sure you are responding to the right folks.

Week 11 Internet: Visiting the other classes.
(repeat announcement) For the Week 11 Internet assignment, you will see that the instructions are VERY different from previous weeks: you will be visiting the Storybooks in the other classes. So, please make sure you read the instructions for the Week 11 Internet assignment before you start reading the Storybooks for your Week 11 Internet assignment. There is also an extra credit option for Week 11 so that you can read some more stories in the Storybooks for the class you are enrolled in.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Everyone who turned in a Week 10 assignment on time should have gotten that back from me; if you turned in a late Week 10 assignment or an early assignment for Week 11 or afterwards, I will do my best to get comments back to you on Friday. This is one of the busiest weeks of the semester for Storybooks since so many people are working ahead in order to finish up early - so please be patient; I'll do my best to clear out the stack on Friday as usual.

Grading and the end of the semester. (repeat announcement) Please make sure you read Monday's announcements, if you have not done so already - you will find important information there about grading in this class, along with information about the end of the semester and also about "mixing and matching" to choose the assignments you want to do as you finish the semester.

April 9: Birthday of Tom Lehrer. Friday, April 9, is the birthday of Tom Lehrer, an American mathematician and composer of some very funny satirical songs, born in 1928. If you have never experienced the joy of Tom Lehrer's incredible sense of humor, I recommend checking out the many Tom Lehrer songs and videos at One of his most famous songs, naming all the elements, is available as a great Flash animation here: Tom Lehrer's Elements song. In addition to math and science songs and some great political satire, Lehrer also wrote a mythology song about Oedipus Rex: "There once lived a man named Oedipus Rex. / You may have heard about his odd complex. / His name appears in Freud's index / 'cause he loved his mother..." HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM LEHRER!