Wednesday, November 13

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. There are still quite a few assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in your assignment by 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. Assignments turned in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday are probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. If the points for your  Storybook assignment are all you need to finish up the class, send me a separate email to let me know and I will move your assignment to the top of the stack. 

Mix and match points. (repeat announcement) Now that there are less than three weeks of the semester left (rest of Week 13, plus Weeks 14 and 15), you probably 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 (you need 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B and 320 points for a C). 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. When you reach the points you need for your final grade, send me a note to let me know and I will record the final grade in the Gradebook for you. 

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: 14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control. Especially at the end of the semester, perfectionism can really make life harder than it needs to be! I thought this article from Huffington Post had some good advice on identifying the ways in which perfectionism can really drag you down, and also how you can break free and move forward.

Featured Storybook: Louisiana Animal Folk Tales. In this Storybook from last year, you have arrived just in time for Henry the Alligator's Mardi Gras party - with stories, too, of course!

FREE Kindle eBook: Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Katharine Berry Judson. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are some Cherokee stories here, along with many stories of the Northern Plains tribes.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If a string has one end, then it has another end (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true of string... and of many other things, too!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Krishna and the Pandavas. They are meeting with Sanjaya, Dhritarashtra's advisor and charioteer.

Wednesday Event on Campus: The Sixth Annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser will take place in the Lightwell Gallery of the Art Museum from 11:30AM - 1:30PM. OU students have created handmade chili bowls, available for purchase: all-you-can-eat chili and a handmade ceramic bowl is $15, and the all-you-can-eat chili without a ceramic bowl is $8 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

And sorry for the last-minute notice here, but I just found out about this contest: International Education Week Essay Contest. Entries are due at 5PM today, Wednesday. The essay, not to exceed 750 words, should respond to this quote: "The spirit of seeking understanding through personal contact with people of others nations and other cultures deserves the respect and support of all" - Gerald R. Ford. Enter your essay and you could win a $100 cash prize. Details here: International Education Week Essay Contest.

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