Tuesday, November 10

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 12, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Project assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Friday or on Saturday morning, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Saturday afternoon or on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack, and you can check here to make sure your assignment is in the stack: contents of the stack.

Finishing the semester. (repeat announcement) Now that there are just four weeks of the semester left (Weeks 12-13-14-15), you need to make sure you have a plan for finishing up with the points you need for the grade you want (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C). You can use the D2L Gradebook to see what points you could use to reach your goal, and if you have any questions about that, please ask me now!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Vampire Writer. Beware the... writer!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is GEOLOGY from the name of the Greek Goddess of the Earth: Gaia. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: How Chaucer Ruined The Canterbury Tales. The vintner is not someone that Chaucer included in his version of the Canterbury Tales . . . but if you want to find out what really happened on that pilgrimage, you need to read the vintner's tale!

Free Book Online: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is the sequel that Lewis Carroll wrote to Alice's adventures in Wonderland. If you're looking for Tweedledum And Tweedledee or for Humpty Dumpty, here they are!

India Featured Book: Brahma Dreaming: Legends from Hindu Mythology by John Jackson. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It's a lovely book with two weeks' worth of reading — you can find the printed book and an audiobook version at the Reserve Desk in Bizzell Library, or you can get your own Kindle copy for just $6.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Behind the cloud is the sun still shining (the words are from the poet Longfellow, author of Hiawatha). Details at the Proverb Lab. It is a meteorological truth and also a reassuring metaphor!

Today's Video: Beowulf ("99 Luftballons" by Nena). Yes, it another one of Amy Burvall's marvelous mash-up videos.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has been reading Carol Dweck's Mindset, so she knows: With practice and training, we can increase our attention and become more intelligent. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: If you have an interest in teaching, be sure to check out the College of Education's Information Session on teaching certification at 3PM in 275 Collings Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.