I take attendance by having the students
answer a question complete a very brief creative writing assignment.
Today they wrote six-word autobiographies.
Many were school- or study-focused, to no one's great surprise:
- Majored in chem, not gonna chem.
- All the labs all the time.
- Too many interests, what I do?
- Work hard, algorithm harder. Word. Word.
Here we see the beginning of the recurring theme of "six, you say?"
- Naive ambition tempered to quiet hope. Rebel.
- Potato, banana.
- Went into math, forgot how to count.
And of course the silly:
- Thank gosh I'm the sane one.
- Thinking about this, unlearning network flow. (<-- lecture="" li="" of="" s="" today="" topic="">
- I tell lies all the time.
- Question: why is it a giraffe?
- Hello darkness, my old friend. [bum] -->
And the profound:
- Trying to do ok & stuff.
- Once upon a time, I was.
- What is the meaning of life?
- I am my own worst enemy.
- Six words is simply not enough.
- Regret for yesterday, hope for tomorrow.
I liked "Just passing this sheet along. Cool." for being six-words, self-reflective, and descriptive of the student's life without actually saying anything nontrivial. This is the kind of answer I attempt to head off at the pass on homeworks...
This post's theme word is nimiety (noun), "excess or redundancy." Homework solutions should be sufficient, and absent all nimiety.