Sunday, April 16

Today is Sunday of Week 12. If you didn't finish up Week 12 yet, today is the day to do that. Week 13 is ready to go too! You can find all the assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I don't update the Project stack as often on the weekends, but I'll update it at least once or twice today. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn in your project on Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon; don't wait until Sunday evening! The sooner you turn in your project, the sooner you'll get comments back from me.

Growth Mindset. I want to thank everybody for all the Growth Mindset blog posts this semester; I've created a "padlet" for your collective wisdom, and it's really inspiring! There are just a few quotes there so far, but I'll be adding lots more in these last weeks of the semester as I go back through all the posts. You can see the padlet here, and I've also included that at the Growth Mindset blog. If you haven't been doing this extra credit option each week, I highly recommend it. Thinking about growth mindset can be a really good boost for school and for life in general. :-)

Online Learning Survey. (repeat announcement) I got an email from a graduate student at OU who is doing research on online learning, and she is hoping to find students who are willing to complete a survey about their online learning experience. The survey results are anonymous, and after the survey you can enter your email address to be eligible to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards! It would be so cool if someone from one of these classes wins a card. Here's the link to the survey.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Legends. Do you know about the giant octopus in Lake Thunderbird? It is one of America's Lake Monsters.

Life. This is some advice about not sweating the small stuff.

Games from India. Instead of a word from India today, here's a game from India, one which you probably know by the name Chutes and Ladders.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Kurma and Karma: A Tale of Two Turtles. This Storybook is inspired by the novel A Little Princess, but this time it is a turtle who goes off to boarding school, making friends by telling stories about his father's adventures at sea (killer whales are involved...).

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Siegfried and The Twilight of the Gods by Richard Wagner. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The illustrations are by Arthur Rackham!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Big oaks from little acorns grow (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. The tiny acorn is a beautiful metaphor for all things that grow!

Video: The video for today is How the Major World Religions Spread.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows he needs feedback to grow: Feedback can help you focus. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a 3PM matinee performance of Biloxi Blues in the Old Science Hall Lab Theatre located (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Easter Sunday. Here is a holiday legend: the dogwood tree was once as tall and strong as an oak, but then the Romans used the dogwood to make the cross of Jesus. The dogwood was grief-stricken, but Jesus forgave the tree and changed the dogwood to be short and twisted so that its wood would never again be used to make a cross. The dogwood flowers recall the Crucifixion, with four white petals in the shape of a cross. You can read more about this Easter legend at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image:

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