Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Test | Final Test - Hard

Esmé Raji Codell
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Ozzie becoming ill at school?

2. According to Codell, what is "education's best-kept secret"?

3. Which best describes an aspect of Codell's philosophy of reading out loud to the class?

4. In the Afterword, how does the chairman of the State Board of Education act when he visits a school?

5. What does Codell tell B. B., which she later apologizes for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Codell emotionally involved with her students? Is "love" an appropriate term for Codell's relationship with her students? What might Codell say about the value (or danger) of a teacher's emotional attachment with his or her students? How might this attachment affect the learning process?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Codell's unique approach to classroom reading. How does she divide the students, and what roles do they have? What might be the advantages to such a system? What are possible disadvantages?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the epilogue, Codell states: "Everything [my students] become, I also become. And everything about me, they helped to create." Dissect and explain this enigmatic statement. What implications does this have for the teaching process as well as the learning process? How might such a statement help to explain Codell's larger philosophy about the correct way to teach?

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