The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I’m often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future.

Instead of collecting stacks of paper letters in envelopes to put in the snail mail years after my students have left my class, I am going to use FutureMe.org to get my students reflecting on the year, articulating what is important in their lives, and setting goals for the future.

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Students simply go to FutureMe.org and give their letter a title and begin writing. Then they can decide on a delivery date. Do they want their letters to be delivered at the end of summer, during their senior year, or after they’ve graduated? Students can decide when they want to receive their letters!

This is a fantastic way to build in reflection at the end of the school year! Plus, their future selves may just benefit from hearing their current thoughts, dreams, frustrations, and goals. Life goes by so quickly. It’s easy to lose track of what we really want to achieve. Maybe a letter written to our future selves is the best way to stay focused on what is truly important in life.

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  1. […] The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I'm often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future. Instead of collecting stacks of paper  […]

  2. Very Excited….. My copy of your first book, “Blended Learning in Grades 4-12”, is torn and tattered from all of the “love” I have given it. I can’t wait!

  3. […] The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I'm often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future. Instead of collecting stacks of paper  […]

  4. I love this idea. I plan to use it this fall. I think I’ll have to use a different website because the remind2me site is down.

    • Hi Eric,

      Thank you for the heads up about Remind2.me! That’s disappointing. I did find FutureMe.org, which does the same thing. I’ve even updated my post so future readers have a letter writing tool (for the future) that works.

      Catlin

  5. Oh, I love the idea… I’m going to try it for myself and I’ll send an email for my future me first!!
    In love… So many great ideas you have, Catlin…!!!

    Thanks a lot!

  6. Great article, very informative, thanks for writing. 🙂

    I really like the idea of sending letters to my future self through a web app called Futureme (https://www.futureme.org). This is a nice way to send a letter every year to your birthday. It’s easy and fun at the same time!

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