Yes, I know. The new year began a week ago, at least for most people. But, not for me. I'm a teacher so my year always begins with back to school. In Missouri, that's some time in early August. And, my new year's day is always the first day back after winter break. That's tomorrow, and I can hardly wait!
I have missed their happy little faces, and I can't wait to hear all about their holiday adventures. Plus, I have so much to share with them. There are so many great books to be discovered and action-packed lessons to enjoy. One thing I always have my students do on our first day back is write a letter to our future selves. We write down what we want to do and learn and who we hope to become in the next 12 months. I seal them in an envelope marked, "Do not open until January, 2015." and tuck them into their "My Third Grade Year" binders.
Over the years, I've had many students come back to visit. They almost always tell me how much fun they had rereading their letter. I am going to write a letter, too. Maybe I'll post it here. Tell me, if you were to write to your future self, what would you say? Who do you hope to become in the next 12 months? How will you begin?