Tuesday, April 19

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13, 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. I hope you will enjoy the reading! (There is just one more week of reading after this week; Week 15 is a review week.)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. On Monday, I read everything turned in on Friday and Saturday morning. If you turned something in on Saturday afternoon, Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

My schedule today. Today is going to be really unpredictable for me: they are doing work on our generator, so I will be without electricity maybe for a few hours, or maybe even all day. So, thank you in advance for your patience: I'll be getting caught up as soon as I return to the 21st century and get the power back!

Favorite Project Nominations! The Week 13 Feedback assignment is available now: you will be nominating your favorite Storybooks and Portfolios. Then, on Monday afternoon next week, after everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated projects. Thank you in advance for your input on this: the more people who make nominations, the better the ballot will be!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

22 Rules of Storytelling. If you are a fan of Pixar movies, you'll see these rules at work in the movies you love.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is YOGA, which is a Sanskrit word. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Vishnu's Bedtime Stories. As Vishnu is reborn as Kalki, an avatar for the end of the world, he shares the stories of his past avatars in a series of letters addressed to his avatar.

Free Book Online: The Laughing Prince: Jugoslav Folk and Fairy Tales by Parker Fillmore. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book; it reflects the cultural diversity of Yugoslavia, which is now divided into several separate countries.

India Featured Book: Tales of Shiva: The Mighty Lord of Kailasa. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which includes the famous story about how Markandeya invoked Shiva's protection when the god of death, Yama, came to take the boy's life, as you can see on the cover:

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A watched pot never boils (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is not literally true... but it makes metaphorical sense!

Today's Video: Maati Baani: Jao Priya. Yesterday Maati Baani released a new video (I am such a fan!), and you can see a behind-the-scenes "making of" video as their YouTube channel also.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows about the power of YET: I haven't got it . . . yet. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at the Lab Theatre in Old Science Hall at 7:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 19: Oklahoma City Bombing. Today is the 21st anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. You can read more about that terrible event at Wikipedia. The image below shows the memorial:

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.