In classrooms all around the US, maybe even the world, the first week or two of school is spent reviewing the previous year's standards, teaching classroom/behavior procedures, and assessing levels (one-on-one testing in the primary grades). In between those three key areas we give the kids a break from all the teacher-talk and assign "fun" beginning of the year activities - mostly getting-to-know-you projects. One question that is always explored during these activities is "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
The answers to that question are generally the same from year to year - I get a lot of police officers and teachers, a few nurses or doctors, one or two entertainers (singers/dancers) or athletes (mainly soccer players). Because most of my students' families are not well educated (some don't read in their own language) and work in very low paying, manual labor type jobs, they are not emphasizing the college/career path like schools with middle-upper class populations would . So often, I'll even get multiple answers like Jack and the Box workers and pizza delivery.
This year the answers were similar to the past, however I got a few that I haven't seen before...
Ninja (three students chose that one), someone who wants to be a video game player, and one who wants to be a "You-Tuber". I think these might be my favorite answers ever.
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