Goal: Send a Future Message of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators
“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.”~ Anne Frank
Short-term goal– Write a future message and have your students write future messages to themselves.
Long-term goal– Try to make this a ritual where you write future messages to yourself every year.
One idea is to write yourself letter that you will open and read when your school year finishes. Hide it in your desk drawer and set a reminder either through Google Calendar or Reminder 101.
Another option is to get your students to write letters to themselves that they will open and read at the end of the school year.
A third option is for your students to write letters for their classmates with tips and advice.
Future Message Web Resources
These are some useful tools if you’d like to have students send an email or text to themselves:
- I use Google Calendar. When you schedule an event it allows you to attach documents and send yourself many scheduled alerts on different devices.
- MyFutureSelf– Free online journal
- Write a Letter to Your Future Self– One time letter sent to your email
- Letter Me Later– send documents, emails, etc.
- Text Me Later– Send future texts
- Evergram webtool & free app– Send a future video message to yourself or others
- FutureMe– Write a letter and attach images. Warning: the side ads aren’t always appropriate.
- Email Future
Student & Teacher Letters
- Letter to my Freshman Self by a student
- Student Messages in Bottle by Theodora Pap
- A Letter to My High School Self by a student blogger
- Dear Future Self in Law School by a student
- My 2014 Future Letter
- Dear Teacher Who is Afraid by JessieVaz12
- Dear Me (On the Eve of My First Year Teaching) by Matthew Ray
- Various letter posts by Pernille Ripp
- Dear Parents by Matt Gomez
- Advice to the Class of 2013 by Sean Cole
- PDF of handwritten messages from college students to future students taking the same course
- Dear Student– A blog in which all posts are a teacher’s letter to students
- End of the Year Letter to My Students
- Two Letters All Students Should Receive by Angela Maiers
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