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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what season was the story of the Little Red Hen told?

2. Which of the following did NOT affect classroom tone, according to Ashton-Warner?

3. How long did the spelling period last?

4. What was the most powerful word under the "sex" category?

5. Where did Ashton-Warner say many classrooms grow seeds for indoor study?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Post Holiday Notes," what word did Ashton-Warner use to represent the key instinct of fear to her students?

2. How did the students perform when they did expressive dancing versus when they learned specific moves?

3. Why was Ashton-Warner disappointed with the pictures the new teacher had chosen to personalize the children's coat hooks?

4. How did the children's writings differ from the standard readers offered in most schools?

5. How did Maoris and whites differ in terms of communal gatherings?

6. In what way does nature provide lessons that books or indoor plantings cannot?

7. Why did Ashton-Warner believe that standardized reading texts were damaging to children?

8. What did Plato believe about dance?

9. Why was teaching the class so back-breaking, according to Ashton-Warner?

10. Why was Ashton-Warner surprised at the appearance of the new classrooms when she visited?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Sylvia-Ashton Warner wrote about her attempts to bring some order to the classroom when the students got out of hand. She eventually realized that the first few bars of Beethoven's Fifth on the piano did the trick. Write an essay exploring how music can be used in the classroom to bring calm during difficult times. What is it about music that speaks to all humans, regardless of ethnic or racial background? How does it provide a form of "quiet control" that is more effective than yelling or making other loud noises to get attention? Why were the Maori children entranced by Western classical music?

Essay Topic 2

The Maori children in Ashton-Warner's classroom encountered racism from the majority white population in New Zealand. How did these attitudes affect the students at home and in the community? How did it affect them in the classroom? Did having a white teacher have an impact on them, even if she was open and accepting of them? How do societal assumptions and expectations impact a child's ability to perform in school? Do children internalize the prejudices they encounter or are they able to escape them in the classroom? How do teachers deal with the impact these prejudices may have on their students? Is it possible to fully counter them in school?

Essay Topic 3

A professor told Ashton-Warner that "tidiness kills education." She so admired the expression that she asked him to repeat it. How was this philosophy reflected in Ashton-Warner's teaching style? What advantages are there to maintaining a sense of chaos and disorder in the classroom? Is learning a neat and tidy activity, or is it naturally messy? How can teachers ensure that maintaining a "neat" classroom does not interfere with students' natural learning patterns?

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