Monday, December 7

Today is Monday. Week 14 is now over... and Week 15 has begun... the last week of class! Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 14 assignments, and you need to make sure to get all your Week 15 work turned in by Friday at noon!

Class Procedures and Reminders

WEEK 14 PROJECT: If you are turning in a Week 14 Project assignment, you need to do that on time or during the grace period — that is, by noon today, Monday. If you do not get your Storybook turned in by noon on Monday, you can turn it in instead as your Week 15 assignment, but if you want to turn in BOTH a Week 14 AND a Week 15 assignment, make sure you turn in the Week 14 assignment by noon today at the latest. You can see the Projects assignments that I have in the stack here.

Favorite projects ballot. In addition to the other Week 14 assignments, there is a Ballot in the Week 14 area of Desire2Learn where you can vote on your favorites. It will be available until noon on Monday. Look for the results in Tuesday's announcements! And thank you for participating: the more people who share their favorites, the better it will be!

Week 15 schedule. (repeat announcement) The schedule for Week 15 is compressed because of finals. Instead of lasting over the weekend, Week 15 will end at NOON on FRIDAY, December 11. All the Week 15 assignments are available at this time, so there is no need to wait! For those of you who do your class work on the weekend, do as much of Week 15 today as you can: this is the last weekend of class!

Finishing the class.  (repeat announcement) For those of you who are not done with the class yet, you should have a specific plan in place for the assignments that you will complete in order to get the points you need. Please don't put these final assignments off until the last minute. When you reach the points you need for your final grade in this class — 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C — let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you there in the Desire2Learn Gradebook!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain?. Find out more at Visual News.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MANTRA, a Sanskrit word that means a "thought" or "an instrument for thinking," something you do with your mind. For details, see this blog post. The most famous mantra is the one expressed through the sound OM, which is shown in written form below.

Featured Storybook: Animal Tales From India to Oklahoma. You've all seen those squirrels on the OU campus, but there is one special squirrel in particular, a talking squirrel, who is eager to tell you the tales of his days in ancient India.

Free Book Online: Wonder Stories from the Mabinogion by Edward Brooks. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which includes the stories of Gawaine, Rhiannon, and Taliesen.

India Featured Book: Karna, The Unsung Hero of the Mahabharata by Umesh Kotru and Ashutosh Zutshi. This blog post provides additional information about this book all about Karna; if you want to carry on learning about the Mahabharata, this book is a great option! It's just $3 as a Kindle ebook.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Time and tide wait for no man (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I thought this might be a good one for the end of the semester!

Today's Video: History of the English Language. From the Open University, here is a great video about the history of the English language - funny and informative!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning new things: Picture your brain forming new connections. Details at the blog. I thought this also might be good as you are preparing for final exams!

Event on Campus: Come to Bizzell to "Take a Break and Decorate," decorating holiday cookies in the HCLC in Bizzell Library, Lower Level 1 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

OU Daily: This is not a campus event; instead, I wanted to share an article from the OU Daily (with video) written by Cooper Lund, who some of you may have known as a student in the Myth-Folklore class last semester. It's on a very important topic, and I really admire Cooper for sharing his experience here: Cooper Lund on the weight of depression, ending mental illness stigma.

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.