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At the beginning of the school year, I like to access a website like https://www.futureme.org, to write my future self a letter that will be delivered to me on the last day of school. In this letter, I write out my goals for my classroom and students, my professional goals, and my personal goals. When I do this, it helps me organize and prioritize my goals for the school year. It also holds me to them because I have written them down and know that I will see them at the end of the school year. Do I achieve every goal? No. Do I make mistakes when trying to achieve the goals? Yes. When I do make mistakes, I reflect on how to improve on them and place them in next year’s letter.
A few year’s back, the seniors in the Norwell School District had to write their future self a letter with these purposes:
- To provide a record of your life and who you are now
- To anchor in time your current views, attitudes, philosophy, and outlook
- To explore your feelings and opinions about a variety of issues
- To create a document that, years from now, will have significant value to you.
To see the full assignment, click here.
If you were to write your future self a letter to be delivered on the last day of school, what would you write? I hope that you will try it this school year.
Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com