Thursday, February 24

Today is Thursday of WEEK 6 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may turn that in on Thursday morning for partial credit. Thursday morning, until noon, is also the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Commenting on Storybooks. Every week from now through Week 12 of the semester, you will be commenting on people's writing at their Storybooks. During these weeks as you comment on people's Storybooks, please provide as much detailed, specific feedback as possible! It's nice to get compliments, but it is also really good to get feedback about what things could be improved, especially now, early in the semester. So, do not hesitate to say when something is confusing, or when something seems repetitious, or if you think something is important is missing. Every semester, students tell me that they wish they had received more detailed feedback on their Storybooks, rather than just generic compliments. So, try to be a really careful and attentive reader of each Storybook you visit, providing detailed, useful feedback in your comments, describing your own experience as you read the Storybook.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in a Week 5 assignment, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned an assignment for Week 6-7-8-etc., your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Friday at noon is the deadline if you want to get comments back from me about your Storybook assignment before the weekend.

My Thursday schedule. I try to schedule my out-of-office commitments on Wednesday or Thursday. This week, I am going to be out of the office for part of the day on Thursday. That means I may be a bit more slow to respond to your emails today than on the other days of the week - but if you send me an email during the day today, I'll definitely get back to you by the end of the day.

Friday drop deadline. Repeat announcement. This Friday, February 25, is the last day to drop the class with an automatic grade of W on your transcript. For more information, see yesterday's announcements.

MEDIA AWARD! Big congratulations to Drew Munhausen (Indian Epics) whose music video "Von Phat: Made in America" has won a national award, taking third place in the Broadcast Educator’s Association for student-produced music video. How cool is that???! Here is the video: be warned - if you listen to this song, it will get in your head and you won't be able to get it out for a day or two! Congratulations, Drew!