Monday, April 17

Today is Monday. Week 12 is now over... and Week 13 has begun. The new week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is European stories, and in Indian Epics it continues to be your choice. You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar... and there is just one more week after this one, plus Dead Week. It's definitely getting near the end: wow!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always, the stack on Monday will be huge, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your email. My schedule is back to normal this week, so I should be able to get to all the projects by the end of the week this time!

Your Growth Mindset Advice. As I mentioned yesterday, I am collecting ideas and advice from your growth mindset posts: there are so many encouraging and useful observations there! You can see them in this padlet, and you'll also find them in the sidebar of the announcements blog, too, underneath the growth mindset cats. I really appreciate your interest in exploring growth mindset in your blog posts, and your advice will be really valuable to share with next year's students!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Time. Here are some dragon-slaying thoughts for the brand-new week.

Legends. After sharing Lake Monsters in the announcements yesterday, I wanted to share this graphic of Monsters in America.

Words from Mythology. We get the word "echo" from the name of a Greek nymph: ECHO. She had the misfortune to be in love with Narcissus.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Heroes Revealed: The Truth. Charon the boatman has ferried many heroes to the shores of the afterlife. So that you can learn just what it means to be a hero, Charon will take you to meet Heracles, Beowulf, King Arthur, and Cleopatra, who will each tell you the stories of their own heroic deeds.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. There's an audiobook for this one too!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on (a proverb from India). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb of the Kashmiri people; you can find out more about Kashmir here.

Video: The video for today is Illuminated Manuscripts ("Nowhere Man" by the Beatles). You can see more of Amy Burvall's mash-up videos at her History Teachers YouTube channel.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is following her curiosity: Constant, endless curiosity is what feeds your abilities. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a free screening of “I Stand: The Guardians of the Water” at 7PM in Gaylord Hall 1140 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 17: Benjamin Franklin. Today, April 17, marks the anniversary of the death of Benjamin Franklin in the year 1790; he was born in 1706. You can find out more at Wikipedia, and there is a wonderful Latin verse composed in Franklin's honor: Eripuit caelo fulmen, sceptrumque tyrannis, "He ripped the lightning from the sky, and the sceptre from the tyrants." That verse inspired this allegorical portrait of Franklin from the year 1778; details here:

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