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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

Based on categorizing the "first words" collected from her students, Ashton-Warner decided that there were two main instincts represented in these words--fear and sex. Is that a fair and accurate assessment? Are these two "emotions" universal (in terms of being expressed as "first words" among children)? Is fear something that all children feel and need to express? What is their likely understanding of the role of sex in their lives and the life of their community? Would children of different cultures also focus on words related to fear and sex and would those words differ from the Maori ones? What do these first words say about human nature?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Ashton-Warner wrote at length about the importance of tone in the classroom. Write an essay exploring how tone is set in the classroom and how several people have a role in setting that tone. Does the tone have to be the same from classroom to classroom or school to school? Or should there be variations based on the unique needs of the teachers and students? How does a teacher determine what tone works best for her students and how does she achieve that tone, especially if it differs from what she would normally like to see?

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