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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. How many "halves" did the girls' basketball team play?

2. How many Maori readers did Aston-Warner hand-print?

3. What is a "roro"?

4. What did Professor Baillie say killed education?

5. At what age did students enter Std., Form II in New Zealand?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did discipline play in Ashton-Warner's classroom?

2. What was Ashton-Warner's reaction to the traditional Maori music performed by the children under the direction of Kahu?

3. Why was Ashton-Warner upset about the way she handled Mark Cutter when his mother insisted that her son was advancing too quickly in class?

4. How did Ashton-Warner view the importance of handwriting?

5. What were the vocabulary words like in the new classroom?

6. Why was it important to offer only present tense verbs to new readers?

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

8. Why was Ashton-Warner so worried about the prospect of being visited by the inspector?

9. Why did Ashton-Warner write at the end of "Holidays" that she was no longer lonely?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The mother of one of Ashton-Warner's students, Mark Cutter, protested that her son was going too fast in the classroom and she wanted him to slow down. This was an unusual complaint among the parents of her students. Was Cutter's mother simply opposed to Ashton-Warner's teaching methods? Or did she sincerely believe that her son was being advanced too quickly? Is it possible for a student to advance too quickly? What does a teacher do if children in his classroom are advancing at different paces? How does a teacher adjust his teaching to ensure that all students are progressing at their own rate without either slowing down or speeding up the overall pace for the entire class?

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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