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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 referred to dance as the "one complete expression" of a human's many faculties?

2. What was one bird NOT mentioned as being seen outside the school?

3. What educational thinker was quoted at the beginning of "Organic Writing"?

4. What did Ashton-Warner call the most "comely word" in the language?

5. To what world-wide agency did Ashton-Warner refer to in describing teaching methods in underdeveloped nations?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was it important for the teacher to be a good conversationalist in the classroom?

2. What was Ashton-Warner's reaction to the sometimes violent imagery used in the children's stories?

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

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

5. How can a teacher tell when a book is valuable to her students, according to Ashton-Warner?

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

7. How did modern life in New Zealand make it difficult for people to use their inner resources?

8. How did the Maori early readers provide a bridge to eventual reading of European material?

9. Why did Ashton-Warner describe the language of published first readers as "dead"?

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

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

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 3

Ashton-Warner rejected the use of corporal punishment, while pointing out that many prominent philosophers embraced it. Write an essay exploring this issue. Is corporal punishment ever effective? What short-term and long-term impacts does it have on children? Does it make a difference if it is administered at home or in a school setting? What other disciplinary techniques can be used, both at home and at school? Include in your essay whether most schools today allow corporal punishment and how attitudes have changed since Ashton-Warner first wrote "Teacher."

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