After reading over my autobiography again, I realized that I did leave out information that can be seen as a hidden message. I did not state my gender, my sexual orientation, or my cultural background. At the time, I did not think about the hidden message that could be seen by not including this. I did not include it for two reasons. The first reason was because in my mind, I did not think that information mattered for the assignment that I was completing. On my English essays I do not write that I am a female, so I did not on this assignment either. I also did not add the information because the person who I was handing the assignment into already knew who I was.
After talking about this in class, I realized that there can be different hidden messages seen from this. One that was discussed might be that who I am did not effect me in a strongly negative way, so I did not bring it up. If I had been a woman who originally did not have the right to join the education program because of my gender, but later gained access, that would probably be something I would include. Another hidden message is that I assumed the person receiving my assignment knew this information about me based on what they had seen. I assumed that she knew I am a female, that I identify as white, and that I am heterosexual, just based on seeing me in her classroom a few times. I had not thought of these things at the time, but I found it very interesting when it was brought up in class.
Personally, now that I have thought about it, I think this information does matter. Maybe it is not the most important information for the assignment, but it does matter. If I assigned an autobiography to my class, I want them to be able to open up and share all of this information with me so that I know who they are and what their background is. I think it is interesting to learn about. I also think that it can build strong relationships if my students feel comfortable enough to share information like this with me. This information may not be the most important to everyone, but it helps make who an individual is.