Sunday, November 6

Today is Sunday of Week 11. If you didn't finish up Week 11 yet, you need to do that today, along with any extra credit assignments you want to do. You might even want to start on Week 12! You can find all the assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Finishing the class. As soon as you have the points you need for the grade you want in the class, you are done, and there are several students already done with the class! So, make a plan based on what grade you want to go for, and you can then mix-and-match, choosing the assignments you want to do and deciding when you want to finish. If you have any questions about that, let me know. You can check the widget in the right-hand sidebar to see if you are on track to finish before Dead Week.

Project Stack. I work through the projects in the order they are turned in, so if you want comments back from me sooner rather than later, turn in your project this afternoon instead of this evening. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and on Monday I'll start with the assignments from the end of last week, and then move on to the assignments turned in this weekend.

Meet Michelle Pacansky-Brock. (repeat announcement) My friend Michelle teaches at California State University - Channel Islands, and she's developing a new podcast, seeking students who might talk to her about learning experiences that leave people feeling inspired and transformed. If you'd like to be part of this podcast, you are very much invited to participate! You can find out more here: Humanized Education Podcast.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Attention. Words of wisdom about paying attention: When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.

Writing. Writing, and specifically blogging, is how I try to pay attention to things! Here's a great infographic about the power of blogging from Silvia Tolisano of Langwitches.

Words from Mythology. The English word "draconian" meaning "harsh, severe" comes from the ancient Greek lawgiver: DRACO.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: A Celestial Genaeology. This is the official site dedicated to the genealogy of Vishrava, founder of the worldwide business conglomerate, Tapasya. According to the information you provided, you are a direct descendant of Vishrava! Follow the link to find out more.

Free Book Online: Folk Tales of Brittany by Elsie Masson. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Brittany was home of the Bretons, a Celtic people of northwestern France.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Every cloud has a silver lining (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those old English proverbs that is still going strong even today!

Today's Video: Where the Heck is Matt? I've been a huge fan of Matt Harding ever since his first video back in 2006; this latest video was funded by a Kickstarter, and he just released it this week:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for the end of the semester: Commit to a goal. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a matinee showing of The Firebird at 3PM in the Elsie Brackett Theater (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 6: Suleiman. Today marks the birthday in 1494 of Suleiman I, known as Suleiman the Magnificent, who ruled the Ottoman Empire as Sultan from 1520 to 1566, which was the peak of the Ottoman Empire's power. Suleiman was also famous for his cultural achievements, in addition to being a poet himself. You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia. The beautiful Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, built in 1558 under the Sultan's orders, is still one of the most magnificent sights to see in that city.

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