Tuesday, December 6

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 15, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week (our last week!) is on top, and here is a link to this week's assignments. The semester is over on Friday at noon, so please don't put off the assignments. Maybe you can even finish the class today!

Class Procedures and Reminders

This week's schedule. (repeat announcement) Week 15 is a review week, with no new reading; instead, I'm asking you for your feedback about the class, along with other end-of-class activities. All the assignments are available now, and as soon as you get the points you need (410/A, 360/B, 320/C), you are all done with the class.

Project Stack. I'm making good progress through the stack, and I should be able to get through most of the assignments today. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Fairy Tales. From John Atkinson's blog, it's not a fairy tale but a reality tale.

Creativity. I think this is very good advice: Make your weird light shine bright. It's why I blog. :-)

Spelling. Here's another sneaky pair that the spellchecker cannot help you with: DOSE v. DOZE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Novel Nursery Rhymes. You may know the words to these familiar old nursery rhymes... but do you know the stories behind them? The old rhymes told in new ways are full of surprises!

Free Book Online: The Five Brothers: The Story of the Mahabharata by Elizabeth Seeger. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a novelistic treatment of the Mahabharata, based on the Ganguli translation which is also available for free online.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is It is a very healthy thing to rise early in the morning (a Latin proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Like yesterday's proverb, this one urges you to get up early, and this proverb also rhymes in the original: Est sanum plane de lecto surgere mane.

Today's Video: Renaissance Man ("Blister in the Sun" by the Violent Femmes). This is the last of Amy Burvall's fabulous mash-up videos that I'll be sharing this semester, but you can find many more videos at her HistoryTeachers YouTube channel.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is trying not to stress about finals: Study to learn, not just to ace the test. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: This is an evolving event: from Grant S. in Indian Epics, I just learned about a forthcoming new creative publication by OU students, The Aster, and they are taking submissions right now (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 6: Saint Nicholas Day. Although "Saint Nick" is sometimes associated in popular tradition with the Christmas Holiday, the actual day of Saint Nicholas in the church calendar is today, December 6. In some countries, the Eve of Saint Nicholas (December 5) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) are an occasion for gift-giving. You can read more about Saint Nicholas and the festivities associated with Saint Nicholas in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows "Sinter Claes" on a wall in Amsterdam:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.