Teaching Tips

Note to self

While attending a Student Learning Community meeting on Monday night, my colleague, Cherie Hufford, encouraged the students and me to write a letter to ourselves thinking over the semester and our successes, tribulations, accomplishments, and moments of growth.  The letter could include any of the following:

  • Motivational quotes
  • Advice
  • Realizations
  • Goals
  • Support
  • Reminders
  • Achievements

I choose to write advice to my future self thinking about what I learned this semester and reminders of what truths I wanted had learned.  

To me, this “Note to Self” activity could be a great way for students to reflect on your class.  There are several ways to vary this activity:

  1. You could have the students complete this activity on the boards in your classroom as a sort of whole class sharing activity.  
  2. Another variation of this activity could be an email to self with a future date set so the email shows up next semester.  

No matter how you decide to do this activity, I think the “Note to Self” is a great reflective culmination to the semester.  So, what would you write in your “Note to Self” letter?


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