Monday, October 28

Today is Monday. Week 10 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Grading and points. Some people have been asking me about the points and grading, so let me refer you again to this Grading Information chart which can help you estimate what kind of grade you are headed for at this time. In short, you need 410 points to get an A, 360 points to get a B, and 320 points to get a C. When you get the number of points you need, you are done! It is fine with me if you decide to stop doing work for the class whenever you have the grade you want to receive (many of you are taking this class for Gen. Ed. requirements, which means you just need a C to get graduation credit). My only request is that you please let me know when you are done so I can record the final grade for you in the Gradebook. 

Mix and match points. Now that there are just five weeks of the semester left (Weeks 11-12-13-14-15), you might want to plan to do some "mix and match" in terms of just which assignments you want to complete this semester to get the points you need for the grade you want to get. So, based on the assignments you enjoy most/least in the class, you can certainly skip some assignments, provided that you end up with the points you need at the end. My only recommendation is that you do this cautiously. You don't want to skip so many assignments that you end up not getting the points you need for your desired grade. 

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. As usual, I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in, so if you did not turn in your assignment until Sunday evening or later, it will be a few days before I get comments back to you.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Google Like a Boss. I'm sure you are busy doing research now for end-of-semester projects in your other classes, so you might find these tips useful!

Featured Storybook: Samhain Sagas: Happy Halloween!. Continuing the Halloween countdown, we have Chelsea's Storybook, which includes the amazing story of why we make jack-o-lanterns!

FREE Kindle eBook: Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Of the many Celtic story collections available online, this is one of my favorites!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large? (an Armenian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The solution: we can open our hearts to the world!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Dhritarashtra attacking Bhima's statue. Dhritarashtra, the blind king, thinks that he is attacking Bhima himself, who had killed the king's son Duryodhana in battle.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a saxophone performance by Jonathan Nichol at 8PM in Pitman Recital Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online, and you can hear Nichol performing in this YouTube video:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.