Food for Thought Friday: Reflections on the Year

italyby Kristie Burk

We’ve all learned in our educational psychology classes about the importance of reflection for all learners. As the last few hours of the school year wind down, you (and your students) may want to take some time to reflect on everything that has happened since last August.


If you want to make this more fun for you (and for your older students), why not send your future self an email?

I love the website called The concept is simple – just write yourself an email and then pick a date in the future to deliver it to yourself…like the first day back to school?  Think about these questions as you reflect on the year:

What went well?

What didn’t go so well?

What do you want to work on for next year?

(For those of you familiar with Agile Development, the above questions are similar to the Retrospective.)  Writing this letter will help you reflect and it serves as a great reminder when you receive it in the future.  Younger students can write letters to themselves that you save and give back to them next year.

Enjoy the last day with the children!  And you may want to inspire them with this summer homework list from last year penned by a teacher in Italy.


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