Thursday, March 3

Today is Thursday of WEEK 7. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of project assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 8PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Storytelling Style. It's Thursday, so I'm sharing another possible storytelling style if you're looking for a new idea: Amusement Park - Miniature Golf... which may sound strange, but remember that the whole "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise began as a ride at Disney back in 1967! You can find more Storytelling ideas if you want to explore more possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Claws and Clauses. We need all the comma humor we can get!

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

Featured Storybook: Luminescent: Supernatural Creature Laboratory. Have you heard of The Island of Doctor Moreau? In this modern Moreau story, weird creatures — including an Egungun from Africa and the Headless Horseman of American legend — have been collected and caged for scientific study. But what happens if the creatures break out of their cages?

Free Book Online: Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria by Elphinstone Dayrell. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book; this is the source for the Nigerian unit in the UnTextbook, and there are many more stories in the book that did not fit into the UnTextbook unit!

India Featured Book: Pareekshit: Son of Abhimanyu. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. This is a story of enmity between the nagas and the humans, and how they finally achieved peace.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago; the second-best time is now (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This applies not just to the planting of trees but to any long-term endeavor!

Today's Video: The History of Emoticons. Have you ever wondered how old emoticons are?

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of the work: Even geniuses have to work hard. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The 2016 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year, Shawn Sheehan, will be giving at talk in Collings 270 at 7:30PM: "Advice to Aspiring Teachers from the Teacher of the Year" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 3: Hinamatsuri. Today, March 3, is the Hinamatsuri holiday in Japan, the "Doll Festival," which is a festival of good luck for young girls. You can read more about the holiday in this Wikipedia article. This image shows a Hinamatsuri doll displayed at the festival in 2005 in the city of Kounos, near Tokyo:

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.