Wednesday, March 2

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

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in your assignment later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, 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.

Week 8: Review Week. As you may have noticed, next week is a "Review Week," and it has a different schedule than usual, with no new reading. So enjoy today's reading and the storytelling this week! Then, next week you'll be looking back on the semester so far and getting ready for the second half of the semester (and for Spring Break too!).

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Neil Gaiman. Here's a lovely quote from the author Neil Gaiman: A world in which there are monsters, and ghosts, and things that want to steal your heart is a world in which there are angels, and dreams, and a world in which there is hope.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SYRINGE, from the name of the Greek nymph, Syrinx (Σύριγξ). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Lord Rama: The Greatest OU Football Player. Thanks to a Time-Travel Machine, Coach Stoops and Coach Switzer are able to recruit India's greatest to play for the Sooner team.

Free Book Online: Tales of Giants from Brazil by Elsie Spicer Eells. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book; they are fairy tales, and you have probably not heard any of these stories before!

India Featured Book: Subhadra: Beloved Sister of Krishna and Balarama. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. Subhadra is not only Krishna's sister; she elopes with Arjuna and becomes his wife!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The smaller the lizard, the greater its hope of becoming a crocodile (an Ethiopian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The little lizard has a growth mindset... but he probably needs a more realistic goal.

Today's Video: Tore Matware Naina. This video is a collaboration between Maati Baani and the French singer Joy Shanti; this is the first Maati Baani video I ever saw, and it is still one of my favorites!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not sure what to make of this: one mouse, or two? Question everything! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Come to Latino Flavor for food and entertainment in the Union Ballroom today, 11AM - 3PM; admission is free and so is the food — empanadas, paella, posole, tamales and more! (details) Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 2: Dr. Seuss. Today, March 2, marks the birthday in 1904 of the genius author Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Geisel. You are probably familiar with Dr. Seuss's marvelous books - my own favorite is Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. If you want to find out more about his life, his goals as a writer - even detailed information about the poetic meters he used! - take a look at this long and detailed Wikipedia article. Dr. Seuss's books have been translated into many languages of the world - even Latin. Below is the book cover for The Cat in the Hat in Latin, Cattus Petasatus.

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.