Saturday, August 29

Today is Saturday of Week 1. I hope you are having a nice weekend! As you can see, there are new announcements on the weekends too. I know that some of you will be doing your work for this class only on the weekends, so I want you to have new announcements to read and explore too, just like during the weekdays.

Class Procedures and Reminders

My weekend schedule. Over the weekends, I check email periodically, and if you have an urgent question or problem, I will get back to you as soon as I get back online — so, yes, please let me know if you have any questions as you proceed through the assignments. It's really helpful for me to know if something is not clear so that I can try to improve the instructions... and I need your feedback to figure out what I should be working on.

Plan your own schedule. (repeat announcement) For those of you who found yourselves scrambling to meet the deadlines this week, please take a look back at this important information about Due Dates in this class and this advice about how to Design Your Class Schedule. This weekend is the perfect time to start with the schedule that will really be best for you instead of going by the last-minute deadlines. For example, if you want to do a weekend-only schedule, complete the Week 1 Orientation assignments today (Saturday), and then do the reading and storytelling for Week 2 tomorrow (Sunday), and then you won't have to worry about the class again until next weekend!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Pangrams. This famous sentence — "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" — is an example of a pangram containing all the letters of the English alphabet. Find out more about pangrams at this blog post.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SIREN, one of the monstrous beings that Odysseus encountered on his long journey home. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Desperate Goddesses: Life on Mythological Lane. Izanami-no-Mikoto, the Japanese goddess of creation, has left the world of the living long behind, but she still watches over the desperate goddesses of Mythological Lane — Aphrodite, Pele, Ishtar, and Devi — and shares their stories with you.

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of All Nations by Logan Marshall. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, and it includes one of my favorites: the adventures of Pan Twardowski, the Polish Faust. It also contains the Spanish legend of El Cid:

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Heroism consists in hanging on one minute longer (a Norwegian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. That goes for human heroes as well as for heroes made of Lego bricks.

India Comic Book: Dasharatha: The Story of Rama's Father. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this comic book; it's on Reserve in Bizzell Library with all the other Amar Chitra Katha comic books.

Today's Video: Anant Pai. For today's video, I thought you might enjoy the inspiring story of Anant Pai, who founded Amar Chitra Katha in 1967.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is on the ladder to success: Success is not coming to you; you must come to it. Details at the blog. One rung at a time!

OKC Event: Saturday is the last day of the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival! You can find out more about today's events at the festival website.

Note: You can page back through the 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.