This product works in a few ways:
1. It helps you get to know your students better.
2. It allows students to tell you about themselves without speaking in front of the entire class.
3. It is a fantastic first writing sample. You will see immediately who is on grade level, above grade level and below grade level. You will be able to make notes of especially egregious errors that you can work on specifically with each student. You will get an idea of who will need special handwriting help throughout the year.
4. This can be kept in your files to show the students (and yourself and your administration) how far your classes have come over the course of the quarter, semester, or school year