Saturday, October 29

Today is Saturday of Week 10. Happy Homecoming Weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Finishing up the class. After Week 10, there are just five more weeks of school: Weeks 11-12-13-14-15. Week 11 starts on Monday, and it's a good idea to make a plan now for finishing up the class, i.e. choosing what assignments you want to work on, deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. You can use this Weekly Chart to track your progress, especially if you would like to have a total Dead Week in this class before finals. If you have questions about any of that, let me know!

Project Stack. On Friday, I managed to finish up all the Week 9 projects and some (but not all) of the Week 10 and Week 11 assignments that people have already turned in. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update the stack periodically over the weekend.

Message from Megan. (repeat announcement) Megan from Indian Epics is working on a research project in the Psychology department on memory, and she would really like to have people help test out this survey: "The purpose of this research is to assess your memory for basic stimuli like words or faces, examine your decision making processes, and assess your cognitive processing." Here is a link to the Survey.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. Just in time for Halloween, words of wisdom from Joss Whedon: I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of.

Revision. Here are some wise words for those of you revising this weekend: The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.

Words from Mythology. From the Greek nymph Syrinx we get the English word SYRINGE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Hotel California. In this eerie Storybook, Daphne and Felix Cross check into the Hotel California and — just as you would expect — they can check out any time they like, but they can never leave . . .

Free Book Online: Hindu Fairy Tales by Florence Griswol. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents; the illustrations are by Helen Jacobs:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The smaller the lizard, the greater its hope of becoming a crocodile (an Ethiopian proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I tried to find a picture of an ambitious-looking lizard for this one.

Today's Video: Beowulf ("99 Luftballons" by Nena). This is another one of Amy Burvall's wonderful mash-up videos:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has lofty goals: And if I try harder, I can climb higher. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's Homecoming, and the Parade will start at 3PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.