Thursday, April 16

Today is Thursday of WEEK 13. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday — and if you missed them, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I've read and replied to all the assignments turned on Sunday, so if you turned something in on Monday or later during the week, it is probably still in the stack. I'll be working on the Monday assignments today!

Blogging comments. As more and more people start to finish up the class, the commenting gets a little more hectic, but I will have the blog commenting groups up and ready by 6PM at the latest. I'll update these announcements when they're ready!
Update: The Week 13 Blog Groups are ready to go!

Finishing the class early. 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; whatever grade you decide to stop with is fine with me. The whole idea behind this points-based 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. Just let me know when you are done!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

OU Resource: OU Libraries... Art!. Here is another charming video from the OU Libraries, this time about art in the Library!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MERCURIAL, from the name of the Roman god Mercury (Greek Hermes). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Sita: A Song of Valor. The adventures, both happy and sad, of Sita's exemplary life are told in later years by her son, Master Lava, the village teacher.

FREE eBook: East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen. This blog post provides additional information about the wonderful stories in this book. Some you might know, like "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," but most of the stories would probably be new to you.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Time and tide wait for no man (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The words "time" and "tide" make such a lovely word-play in this proverb.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Ganesha. This is a photo of a Ganesha in Koln, Germany!

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a FREDTalk at 5:30PM in the Art Museum about the benefits of taking a slower, more contemplative approach in museums (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.