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. What kind of school did Esme transfer to after the school of her first year of teaching?

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

3. What special guest(s) arrive(s) for the Storyteller Festival?

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

5. What best describes Codell's approach to disciplining children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Codell's insistence on being called "Madame Esme" is a constant sore spot for her principal Mr. Turner. What reasons does Codell provide for being stubborn on this point? How does this matter relate in a broader sense to Codell's personality and attitude as revealed in her writing?

Essay Topic 2

Codell uses innovative (and sometimes controversial) teaching techniques for her lessons.

1)Choose three instances of Codell using an unconventional teaching technique.

2)Argue why these teaching techniques might be effective in getting the students to learn the material.

3)Take the other side, and argue why these teaching techniques may not be effective.

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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