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Future Me: Goal Setting

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.futureme.org/

Website Example: http://www.futureme.org/

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, student e-mail accounts

Activity Description

In this activity, students set goals for themselves for a particular point in time in the future (end of a school session, in a month, six months, a year, etc.) and write letters to their future selves (and/or to others) about their goals. The letters are posted on the site, which e-mails the letters to recipients on the future date chosen. This works well as an introduction at the beginning of the school term.

Preparation

  1. Make sure that the site it not blocked at your school.
  2. Practices using the site before having students use it.
  3. Make sure each student has an email account.

How-To

Provide students with feedback on their writing for editing. Users need to use an e-mail account whose address they plan to keep active in the future.

  1. Go to the Future Me. Web site.
  2. Enter your e-mail address, a subject line, and type in your letter.
  3. Choose a “deliver on” date (up to the year 2061) and status (public or private).
  4. Optionally add a picture (from a Webcam or uploaded from your computer).
  5. Type in the letters in the anti-spam box and select “Send to the Future!”
  6. You will then receive an e-mail from the site asking for e-mail verification.
  7. You will receive your letter/e-mail on the date you designated on the site.

No registration is required unless users want to modify e-mail addresses, change status of letters, resend or delete old letters, or send letters to other people. E-mail can be designated as private (so that only users can view their letters) or public (but anonymous so that users’ letters will be published in the public letters section). Users’ e-mail addresses are not shown, but both the body and the subject of the letter is shown in its entirety. With a registered account, letters can be deleted, and e-mail addresses and status (public or private) can be changed. The dates letters are submitted and their contents cannot be edited, however. As a follow up, if the letter is a class project completed and letter/e-mail received within the timeframe of a course, students can determine whether the goals they set were attainable and measurable, revise as needed, and establish a means for periodic review and revision of goals.

Teacher Tips

Students do need an e-mail account. Teach the value of goal setting and model how to set realistic goals that have a clear process for attainment. App also available for the iPhone.

More Ways

Can also be used after teaching about future tense (and/or future progressive) and/ letter/e-mail formats.

Documents

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Electives

English Language Arts

  • English 1-4
  • English Electives
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.