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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. Who is the true school master, according to the quote from Caldwell Cook?

2. At what time did the students turn to the new words during the "intake period"?

3. According to Erich Fromm, what is the outcome of the unlived life?

4. How many other books preceded the development of the Maori transitional readers?

5. Which student stumbled on the words "Come," "look," and "and"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the role of handwriting in the Maori students' stories?

2. What is wrong with the cadence in many published first readers?

3. What did Ashton-Warner mean when she wrote that "we don't waste enough in school?"

4. How did Russian peasant students react to Leo Tolstoy's experimental school?

5. What was the connection Ashton-Warner drew between the infant room and war and peace?

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

7. Why did Ashton-Warner say that the discussions of the children's stories were the "most significant" feature of the class?

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

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

10. What did Ashton-Warner mean when she referred to a workbook as a "middleman"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Maori girls in Ashton-Warner's classroom experienced success on the basketball court. Write an essay discussing the role of sports in academics. How does participation in team sports help students in the classroom? How does it help in other areas of life? How can schools ensure that the benefits of participation in sports are extended to all students, regardless of athletic ability?

Essay Topic 2

Ashton-Warner's students spend much time dancing in the classroom, whether as a form of exercise or in free-dance exploration. Write an essay exploring the use of dance in the classroom. What are the benefits of giving students access to this art form? Are the benefits solely physical? Does dance help center children and does it have an effect on concentration? How can free-dance periods help children express themselves and how can that impact other areas of the curriculum?

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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