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 activity did Codell have the class do to learn about medieval history.

2. In the Epilogue, what emotion does Esme associate with her former students?

3. What is the result of Codell's conference with Rowisha, B. B.'s mother?

4. Why does Zykrecia pursue conflict resolution with Kyle?

5. Which is NOT one of the reasons, according to Jim Trelease, that Educating Esme is "terribly relevant"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Codell's own ambition plays a key role in the text.

1)How does ambition guide Codell's teaching philosophy, and the choices she makes with her curriculum and teaching methods?

2)What does the Fairy Tale Festival proposal say about Codell's ambition? Is Codell's ambition rewarded or punished?

3)At the end of the Epilogue, Codell agrees with adage that "Those who can't do, teach." How does Codell relate this statement to her own ambition? In the end, how has Codell's ambition affected her career, and the degree of success she's had?

Essay Topic 2

Codell must frequently deal with misbehaving students.

1)What is Codell's attitude about bad behavior? Should a teacher consider the student's home situation when disciplining the child?

2)What is a principal's role in addressing and correcting bad behavior?

3)Why does Codell disagree with the corrective behavior administered by the parents of B. B. and Twanette, for two examples?

Essay Topic 3

Codell offers several criticisms of the educational bureaucracy. Describe these criticisms in the context of the following:

1)The Michael Jordan Foundation

2)The Educational "Chiropractor"

3)The approval process for the Fairy Tale Festival

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