The future is always a promise; a promise for a brighter, more enjoyable version of life or for the moment we will be able to live our dreams. It’s inextricably tied to the present though. As Shakespeare wrote, “It’s not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves”. Our present actions/decisions determine what our future will look like and build the way towards it. Talking about the future and our expectations of it is an essential part of my lessons, especially my first back-to-school ones. Since the future might be intimidating, I want my students to feel that by setting small goals they can accomplish their bigger dreams and that anything is possible provided they work towards it.
Here are some of the future message activities I work on with my classes:
- Something I do with younger students is to ask them to write a “gift letter” to themselves which they will get to open after Christmas or at the end of the year. I think it gives them a clearer perspective of what they can do withing smaller periods of time.
- Another activity we often work on is creating our own time capsules with present moments we would like to save for the future or letters we want to open at the end of the year or later.I’ve also found lots of creative writing/project making worksheets on makebeliefscomix.com.
One of the many amazing worksheets you can find here, on makebeliefscomix
- We write letters to next year students where we talk about how we hope to overcome the stuggles/problems of this year and give advice to future students.
- We create “Cheer me up” walls with post-it notes with notes students write to encourage and motivate their future selves when they face problems/difficulties.
- We also use time-machine games to revise or consolidate what we’ve learned throughout the year. For more on one of these games, read an earlier post on my blog here