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 Topic 1
As Ashton-Warner listened to a Maori adult teach her students a traditional song, she realized that she could not have done that because she was not Maori herself. She knew she could not bring forth the same passion that the Maori teacher did. How did being white affect Ashton-Warner's abilities as a teacher to a mostly-Maori classroom? Did it limit her in any way? Was she required to make changes to her technique because of the racial difference? Were there other situations (besides the traditional song) in which Ashton-Warner would have been at a significant disadvantage as a white person? Is it necessary to have teachers reflect the ethnic or racial makeup of their classrooms?
Essay Topic 2
Many of Ashton-Warner's children used violent imagery in their writings, some of it reflecting their daily family life, some of it made up. In most schools today, that sort of imagery would be a cause for concern. Is it wise to allow students to express themselves in their writing if it is violent? Should teachers and school officials question the content of a student's writing? Why did Ashton-Warner allow her students to write in this way? Were their any advantages to doing so? Could students with emotional problems or bad home environments benefit from having an outlet for their feelings at school? Or do schools have a responsibility to rein in children's violent feelings for the sake of the entire class?
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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