What Do You Want to Be?

Continuing on the teacher post trend, here’s a look at my recent 6th grade lesson, “What do you want to be?” This lesson focused mainly on identifying our job aspirations by name (scientist, teacher, fire fighter, etc) and being able to say, “I like to….” or “I don’t like to…”

For the first time this semester, we finally came upon a lesson that really asked the students to think about themselves, and what their personal answers would be, rather than just plugging and arranging a set of memorized responses. And I don’t know what it is about my sixers this year – maybe it’s because they know me from last year, or because they’re just an especially bright group – but I have a lot of quirky and intelligent students who come up with really unique responses to things. Admittedly, I tend to like the smartasses and troublemakers – not the assholes who make a ruckus for attention by, for example, sitting in a corner, hanging their head back open-mouthed like a comatose toad, and screaming, “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” which is what a fifth grader did today – but the legitimately intelligent students who know the material well enough to exert some of their personal influence.

This lesson was the perfect opportunity for those students to let their colours show – literally. We usually cover each chapter in the textbook in a 3-class cycle:

Class #1: Introduce the content, and drill, drill, drill. Students repeat scripts and listen to videos.

Class #2: Drill, drill. Produce, produce. Students must generate conversations.

Class #3: Practice, test, something fun. Pretty self-explanatory.

This activity was in Class #3 and comprised the “something fun” section. Basically, take a small piece of paper and illustrate your dream job.

Many students stuck to the provided examples (scientist, soccer player, chef), while a lot of others just happened to have the same, popular aspirations that most 12 year-old girls and boys have (singer, gamer). Here are some notables from my favourite students for you to peruse ^^ I’m quite proud of them!


Hung up in the classroom for all to see
Everyone told Se Hyun her face was ugly. I thought it had a fantastic Modigliani vibe.
“I want to be a pro-gamer. Also a demon child that will infect you through the internet.”
“I want to be a free lecture skater. That means I ride skateboards made out of black holes.”
You can guess how this kid behaves in class.

9 thoughts on “What Do You Want to Be?

  1. Lololololol to the gamer. And the hacker wins at life aspirations. He’ll probably do it too XD

    (Also as an aside – whaaaa?? You cover each unit in THREE classes?! Some of my kids don’t even catch on after six 0___0)


    1. Yeah, I didn’t realize how quickly we go through things until I heard HY and AD in the office discussing how to match up their lessons…a full chapter behind us! And in my second school, I’ve been doing 2 classes per chapter (once a week). Realizing now that I’m moving much too quickly….time to add some review classes and cultural lessons, I guess…? My co-teacher is drilling them through the textbook like an army sergeant!


      1. Wow yeah that sounds awful! No time to grasp the material at all. It’s like eating too quickly: you barely taste it and then it gives you indigestion lol. I let them chew on the material at as thoroughly a pace as we enjoy our meals together ;P


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