Tuesday, February 23

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. If you have not done the first reading for this week yet, you need to do that today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the HUGE stack of Project assignments that people have turned in over the weekend: you can check the contents of the Stack here.  If you turned in your assignment on Friday or on Saturday before noon, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in something later on Saturday, or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack.

Your Comments about Comments. I really enjoyed looking through people's comments about comments this weekend. Thank you for that! This week I'll write up some highlights and suggestions that might be helpful to you as you start making comments on the Projects for the rest of the semester.

Project Feedback. It is always a huge task to get the Project listings ready to go, and now they are ready! So, if you ready to start reading and commenting on other people's Projects, you can do that now. You will be in a random group (like for the blogs), plus you will have a free choice each week to look at any project that grabs your interest. Each week, I set up the new random groups on Monday, so the assignment will be ready to go each Tuesday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEEAU. Yes, that's how you might spell "potato" in English. :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TUESDAY, from the name of the Germanic god of war, Tiw (Tiw's Day). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Karma for Kids: Stories for Your Unruly Children. Vina is the patient mother of triplets — Supriya, Pran, and Ravi — and each of her children has a karma lesson that they need to learn.

Free Book Online: Aino Folktales by Basil Hall Chamberlain. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book; there are origin stories, animal tales, moral fables, and more stories from the Aino (Ainu), an indigenous people of northern Japan.

India Featured Book: Krishna and Shishupala: He Was Forgiven a Hundred Times. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It tells the story of what happened when Shishupala insulted Krishna for the hundred-and-first time.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Dig a well before you are thirsty (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a good proverb for water... and for other things essential to life!

Today's Video: Urashima Taro. This is a shadow-theater presentation of the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro, the "Rip van Winkle" of Japanese legend.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for the rest of the semester: Don't stop! Just keep going! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a showing of "Finding the Gold Within" at 6PM in the Henderson-Tolson Cultural Center as part of the AFAM Film Festival; there is some powerful use of mythology and storytelling in this film (details ... and more about the mythology).

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.