“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I’ve decided that this is the wrong question. It places the focus on titles, nouns, a state of being.
“A Ballerina.” “A Fireman.” “A Doctor.” “A Forensic Scientist.”
When we ask our students about their futures, I don’t want to hear about passive states of being. So here’s the question I ask:
What do you want to DO when you grow up?
See the difference? One question focuses on the kids as a state of being, and the other focuses on the action. One makes them a noun, and the other describes the verb. Continue reading