Thursday, October 13

Today is Thursday of WEEK 8, and here are this week's assignments. Nothing is due today, which means it's the perfect day to start your own schedule. Send me your 6-hour schedule, and I'll show you how to divide up the assignments: ANY schedule will work. One day per week, every day, every other day, on the weekends, no weekends: it's totally your choice! Let me know, and I'll be glad to help you figure out how to make it work.

Update: The Week 8 blog groups are ready to go! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Surveys. Thanks so much to everybody for filling out those surveys! If you didn't get a chance to do that on Wednesday, they are still available this morning. There are some good ideas that people have suggested, and there's one idea in particular that sounds really good which I might try out in the second half of the semester so you can help me fine-tune it for next semester. I'll have more to say about that next week!

Project Stack. I got a lot done on Wednesday! If you turned in your project assignment on Sunday before 10PM, you should have comments back from me. I'll finish up the Sunday assignments today for sure, and then I'll start in on the projects that came in on Monday and later during the week. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Spelling. You can find more spelling humor at the Writing Lab.

Names. Researching names can be a really fun way to develop a story. Find out more at What's in a name?.

Words from Mythology. This word comes from the Roman name for the Greek god Hephaestus; in Latin, he is called Vulcanus. Find out more at VOLCANO.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Weather Gods. As a traveler in time and space, you will meet the New Zealand storm god Tawhirimatea, the Indian thunder-god Indra who defeated the drought-demon Vritra, along with the Aztec god Tlaloc and the Norse god Thor, famous for his thunder-hammer, Mjolnir.

Free Book Online: Village Folktales of Ceylon by H. Parker. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is an amazing collection of almost 300 folktales from Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka... and Lanka is a place familiar to everyone in the Indian Epics class.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Here are the proverbial unintended consequences:

Today's Video: Sunrise. This lovely composition features the great Ravi Shankar on Sitar and Jean-Pierre Rampal on flute.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is thinking about how her semester is going: Take some time to reflect. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a screening of Amreeka at 6PM in 150 Farzaneh Hall, with a discussion about Islamophobia to follow (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

And here is a trailer for the film from YouTube:

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