Tuesday 17 July 2012

Summer Homework: Doing It Myself

A few weeks ago, I set summer homework for my little darlings. Some of the posts have been brilliant, and all have been enjoyable to read.

However, there are a lot of students who haven't yet made their blogs, let alone started posting. One of my girls has said I'll find all the posts appearing on 15th August, the day before the deadline. This is possible, but it's more likely that I won't see any work at all from any of the students.

There will be a number of complaints, such as it being too difficult, or them not having enough time, and so on. So I'm going to show them (though unless the AS students have found my blog already they won't see it until after the deadline) that the work can easily be done.

Not only that, I'm going to write all six posts, including a practical writeup of a quadrat-chucking exercise. I'm going to borrow a quadrat from the College and analyse the biodiversity of my back garden. This will hopefully take account of the advantage I have of being a more experienced writer.

I'll be posting these regularly over the next month, and when I do, I'll try to remember to update this post to include links to all of the individual articles. I'll even shove in a word count so they can see I'm doing about 400-600 words just like them.

Summer Homework #1: My Life In Science
Summer Homework #2: Science Communication
Summer Homework #3: Ecological Fieldwork
Summer Homework #4: Saving The World
Summer Homework #5: An Exciting Discovery
Summer Homework #6: A Question For Slartibartfast


  1. I strongly suspect that unless your quadrate-chucking is very carefully aimed your biodiversity is going to be really weird.

    1. Fortunately, I only looked at the lawn (the bit I haven't managed to take over yet). Otherwise you're quite right - my biodiversity would have been crazy.

  2. Good idea to post your whole submission! Love your blog. Sexual Health

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