HALLOWEEN, October 31

Today is Thursday of WEEK 11. If you have not turned in your Week 10 Storybook assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it may still be in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Finishing the class early. 
 Another person has already finished up the class early: exciting! When you finish up with the class, I record a "FINAL GRADE" in the D2L Gradebook so you can be sure you are done. So, just let me know when you have completed the number of points you need: 410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C. It's entirely up to you what grade you want to finish with in the  class. There is no need to apologize for stopping out with a grade of B or C (many people are taking this class just for Gen. Ed. credit, and I know it is often not a top priority). Whatever grade you decide to stop with is fine with me. The whole idea behind this points grading system is to let you know exactly where you stand and to allow you to choose to be finished with the class when you have the points you need!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners. This graphic seems to me an excellent way to think about all the things that can make us into great learners! My favorites: curiosity and imagination, effective communication, and hope and optimism. But they are all good. You can see which ones you think are most important to you. For the full-size image, click here.

Featured Storybook: Tales of the Black Cat. And here, just in time for Halloween, is a black-cat Storybook, thanks to Brooke in Myth-Folklore!

FREE Kindle eBook: Vikram and the Vampire by Richard Burton. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is an English version (a very free adaptation) of the Sanskrit story collection, a frametale set of stories-within-stories, with a "vetala" demon as the storyteller.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The snake goes crookedly, yet it arrives straight within its hole (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. I think that is a great metaphor for how things can maybe go not according to plan but still turn out alright in the end!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the Pandavas Escaping the Fire. You can see the valiant Bhima going last, as Arjuna (with his bow) follows after Draupadi, Yudhishthira, and the twins.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a conversational event with Neustadt-award-winning author (poet and writer of children's books) Naomi Shihab Nye at the 2401 Auditorium in the Museum of Natural History (details). Find out more about other Neustadt-related events at the Campus Calendar online.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!(image source)

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