Monday, March 6

Today is Monday. Week 7 is now over... and Week 8 has begun. It's a Review Week (the semester is half over!), and you can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Review Week. I hope that you will all want to finish up Week 8 before this coming weekend so you can really take off by Spring Break, so this afternoon I'll have both the Feedback and Blog Comment assignments ready to go. That way, there won't be anything that you have to wait on as you finish up this week.

Project Stack. As usual on Monday, the stack is huge! I'll begin working on the assignments turned in on Friday and Saturday, and then I'll move on to the assignments turned in on Sunday. As usual, I'll be updating the contents of the stack periodically during the day so you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Project Pinterest Boards. Now that the projects are going strong, I've created Pinterest Boards where I'm pinning the stories one by one; you'll see them when you are browsing the class project pages (Myth-Folklore, Indian Epics). I thought Pinterest would be a nice way to get a kind of "big picture" of the projects in each class as the stories accumulate.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Time. I thought this Field Guide to Procrastinators was brilliant. I'm an "internet researcher" of course!

Reading. Another beautiful poster from Maurice Sendak: Reading is Fun.

Words from India. The Japanese word "zen" comes from the Sanskrit DHYANA, "meditation."

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Horses Divine - Horses Divine. This Storybook combines both Hindu and Buddhist stories of cosmic horses: Uchchaihshravas, Hayagriva, Valaha, and Devadatta.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Latin-American Mythology by Hartley Burr Alexander. See the Freebookapalooza for links and the table of contents. This book covers a whole range of mythological material from both Central and South America.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is When you want to be with the wolves, you must howl like they do (a Latin proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. The Latin proverb rhymes: Consonus esto lupis, cum quibus esse cupis.

Video: The video for today is The History of Emoticons. Find out more at Emoticons: The History of Digital Sarcasm ;-)

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of a challenge: Difficult is not impossible. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: As part the Latino Flavor festivities, there will be a Llama Petting Zoo on the South Oval from 11AM until 2PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 6: Andrzej Wajda. Today marks the birthday of one of the world's great film directors: Andrzej Wajda, who was born in 1926 — and, as I was sad to learn, he died this past October; here is his obituary in the Guardian newspaper. He made many amazing films, including a film about the massacre at Katyń during World War II in which his own father was killed; you can read more about that film here: Katyń: History, Lies, Fiction and Myth.

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