Reflection: Trust and Respect Dear Me, - Section 2: Letter Time


I have made a “time capsule” for my students each year that I have taught sixth grade.  Over time, I have added artifacts, changed things, and deleted items as well.  Each year it seems that I do it just a little bit differently as I am inspired my students and their unique personalities.  In this lesson, I am sharing some of my very favorite artifacts.  I find that my students will often reveal things in their letter to themselves that they wouldn’t normally tell me.  This helps me to learn a lot about who they are and what they hope to become.  Each year as they write it, I imagine them finding the letter in 20 years and smiling as they read it and remember their first day of school outfit and what they loved as a sixth grader. 

I feel strongly that making these connections with my students early on in the year is crucial to our success.  Learning in a safe community will definitely increase student motivation.  We are all in it together, and they want to succeed.  I am always so antsy to get down to business and teach, so I have to remind myself to be patient every single year.   This year I was especially ready with all of the new standards to introduce, but I am glad that I did take the time to get to know my students and create these artifacts.  Year after year, we have very few management or behavior problems in the sixth grade, and I feel a huge part of this is due to the relationships we have built with the students during the first few weeks of school.  

  Trust and Respect: Reflection
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Dear Me,

Unit 6: Create a Time Capsule
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT write a letter to his or her future self.

Big Idea: Hello, me! Tell all about yourself.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Writing Process, memories, Time Capsule
  65 minutes
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