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. How does Codell teach the students to multiply double-digit numbers?

2. How many stages does Codell create as part of her Storyteller Festival?

3. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about light?

4. Why is Codell's day spoiled on April 11th?

5. What organization gives a teaching award to Codell, as described in the April 7 entry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a few places in the text, Codell speaks of why she's doing what she's doing, and what reward, literally or figurative, she is receiving for her work. 1)Describe two times in the text that Codell has felt "rewarded" in her work. 2)What is the nature of this "reward"? How does this relate to a teacher's purpose in general? 3)What might be considered Codell's ultimate reward, to her mind? In a perfect world, what kind of satisfaction would she be receiving from her work, and what form would it take?

Essay Topic 2

As evidenced by teaching about the Holocaust and about sexual education, what does Codell see as the limits of presenting material to her class? What is Codell's attitude towards teaching uncomfortable or adult subjects to children?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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