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Science Autobiography

Posted on: September 1, 2008


I give this homework assignment about a week into school.  I used to do it the first or second day, but I prefer to get to know the kids a little first, it makes the assignment more valuable to me.

Basically, I ask them to tell me about their background in science, their likes and dislikes.  The students like this assignment because it shows I want to listen to what they have to say.

assignment-my-scientific-autobiography

Although the assignment say for them to type it, I usually tell them to hand write the thing, it seems more personal.  It also gives me a quick assessment of their writing and language skills very early in the year.

One last point – I ask them to write about the environment they work best in, so I use their writing to define my classroom rules since the students wrote them.

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