half behave would like
noise goof off misbehave
fidget succeed play around
disrupt study hard all the time
end up otherwise dig/dug/dug
agree major (3) more or less
join accounting department
ditch hang out insurance
familiar face (2) around (2)
finance make sure high school
sales drop out


English Class

Nobody in the town of Riverside would like to do Miss Nackbar’s job.

Much of the time, students in her English class made noise … disrupted the teacher … misbehaved … played around … goofed off … chatted … fidgeted…

“Now do your homework. Get good grades. Go to university. Work hard, save your money — and you will succeed.” Miss Nackbar would always tell her class. “But if don’t study and you drop out of school, you will end up digging ditches for the rest of your life.”


When school ended for the day, Ron’s friend Alfred invited him to play basketball with the other boys.
“I agree with Miss Nackbar,” replied Ron. “I must do my homework; otherwise I’ll end up becoming — a teacher!”

Afer Graduation

After graduating from high school, Ron studied accounting at the University of Montana. He then moved to New York City where he joined an insurance company.

At first he worked in the finance department. Later, he became a salesman, then a manager.

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Alfred was reading a newspaper in the living room when his teenage daughter came home.

“Daddy. We have a new math teacher,” she said.
“How is she?” he asked.
He‘s okay. But he keeps telling us to study hard and do our homework so we can become engineers or computer experts.”

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1. Teaching is a fun job. Everybody in Riverside wanted to become a teacher. True or false?

2. Were Miss Nackbar’s students well-behaved, motivated and enthusiastic in class? What did they do?

3. What would Miss Nackbar tell her class? She would tell her class . . . . .

4. Ron studied hard. Is this right or wrong? Why did he study hard? Ron studied hard because . . . .

5. After high school, Ron . . . . . .

6. In the end . . . . . . .

7. Why did Rick end up becoming a teacher? What do you suppose happened at the insurance company in New York?


A. What do your teachers tell you? What did your teachers tell you?

B. How did the students in your classes behave?

C. What happened to your former classmates?

D. Have you heard the expression: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

E. Did any of your teacher work in another profession before becoming a teacher? Why did they change careers? Do you know any teacher who got another job? Why did they change?

F. Would you or your friends like to become a teacher? Why or why not?




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