Sunday, January 24

Today is Sunday of Week 1. Week 1 is almost completely over...! Make sure you finish the end-of-week Orientation assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog Comments. Thanks for the great comments that you all have been leaving on the blogs. I've left some comments also (mostly on the Favorite Places and Overview posts); I'll start commenting on the Introduction posts next week.

Project Stack. Some people have been working ahead and already have turned in their Week 2 Project assignments. As those come in, I update the "stack" so that you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. Especially when a lot of assignments come in at once, it can take me a few days to get back to you, but if you see your name in the stack list, don't worry: that means I will be getting back to you soon!

From Week 1 to Week 2. (repeat announcement) Based on your personal schedule, Week 2 might start today, or it might not start until Monday or Tuesday. Check the D2L Gradebook, and you'll see the day when Week 2 starts for you — and of course you don't have to wait for that date. Working ahead is always the best strategy!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Thesaurus Saurus. You've heard of brontosaurus, stegosaurus, and tyrannosaurus... and now meet thesaurus saurus:

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are AISLE and ISLE. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Asuras Anonymous. Sit in on this group session to hear about the profound changes in the lives of Viradha, Maricha, and the father-daughter pair of Vibhishana and Trijata.

Free Book Online: The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. If you enjoyed the nursery rhyme option for the storytelling this week, you might like this lovely edition of the rhymes; this is the Mother Goose book I had when I was little!

India Featured Book: Kumbhakarna: The Sleeping Giant. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics; it's another fun Ramayana comic book — this time about Kumbhakarna, the gigantic brother of Rama's mortal enemy Ravana. It's on Reserve in Bizzell Library... and for more reasons to visit Bizzell, see below.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is No one will bell the cat (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of many proverbs inspired by Aesop's fables. Look closely to see the cat!

Today's Video: OU Libraries Top Ten. This is an adorable video about just some of the great things you can find at the Library:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning from mistakes: Errors are portals of discovery . Details at the blog. The quote is from the famous Irish author James Joyce!

Event on Campus: The OU Writing Center has Sunday hours, 5PM-9PM, in the fabulous new Collaborative Learning Center on Lower Level 1 of Bizzell: if you have not visited that space, take a look — and check out what the Writing Center has to offer too! (details)

January 24: Thaipusam. Today is the Hindu festival of Thaipusam which is celebrated during the Tamil month called Thai. The festival commemorates the goddess Parvati giving a weapon to the god Murugan so that he could kill the demon Soorapadman. You can read more about the festival at Wikipedia. The weapon is a spear or skewer called a vel, and some of the worshippers have elaborate piercings with skewers and tiny spears, as you can see here in this festival from Thaipusam in Singapore:

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.