06 May 2016

Letters to My Future Students' Selves - #100DayProject - Day 036

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While participating in the #DitchBook Twitter Chat last night, I had an incredible idea that I think I may go ahead and run with, and maybe you should too! Thanks to an excellent question posed by Matt Miller, I saw the following response from Tim Cigelske:

Which led me to the article attached to the tweet that explains how Tim had his students write a letter to their future selves. This idea sounded awesome so I said:

And then led me to decide to include a note from me for them as well.

So here's the final idea in __ easy steps:
  1. Have my current students write a letter to their future selves before they leave my class at the end of the month.
  2. Have them seal the letter in an envelope and put a sticker on it so they know I didn't mess with it.
  3. Ask students to write their home addresses on a sticky note that I can attach to their letters.
  4. Save these letters until a future date, possibly January 2017, to send out.
  5. Send their letters to their homes, in a larger envelope with a short note from me.
Doesn't that sound awesome? I am so excited for this idea it is making want to write the letters today, except school is now over and it's the weekend. I guess I better put it in my plan book for next week. My only fear for this project is the fact that I might lose the letters, so I better put them somewhere safe!

How about you folks, do you ever do anything like this? Do you ever have your students write letters to their future selves? How did it go? What was the most difficult part?

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! One suggestion -- have them self address the envelope. You can still put the sticker on the folded letter to themselves, but having them address the actual envelope rather than putting their address on a sticky note will save you valuable time :)


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