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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. What did Professor Baillie say killed education?
2. Which student had a father who worked at the carnival?
3. To what institution did Ashton-Warner compare teaching?
4. What did Mrs. Cutter send to Ashton-Warner in "Life in a Maori School, 1"?
5. What color did Ashton-Warner say she liked after her basketball team won?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Ashton-Warner think about as she gazed at the empty site where her old classroom had once stood?
2. What was the reaction of strangers to Ashton-Warner's multi-colored Maori belt?
3. Describe the new teacher encountered by Ashton-Warner as she explores the renovated school.
4. What happened when Ashton-Warner attempted to secure school uniforms for her students from a nearby shop?
5. How did sentence length differ between whites and Maoris?
6. In "Post Holiday Notes," what word did Ashton-Warner use to represent the key instinct of fear to her students?
7. How did the behavior of the children differ in the new classrooms compared to when Ashton-Warner taught at the school?
8. What was Ashton-Warner's reaction to the traditional Maori music performed by the children under the direction of Kahu?
9. 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?
10. Why did Ashton-Warner write at the end of "Holidays" that she was no longer lonely?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ashton-Warner wrote about the "Golden Section" in education and how she incorporated nature into the classroom. What are the benefits of teaching about nature in the classroom? How does nature provide insights into other areas of the curriculum? Ashton-Warner's classroom was somewhat unique in that the nature was right outside and sometimes even entered the classroom. How do teachers living in more urban environments bring nature into the classroom? Is it possible for all teachers to take their students out into actual natural settings or can there be benefits to bringing natural lessons into the physical classroom? How does the natural world speak to children and how can that be harnessed?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Although Ashton-Warner was willing to sometimes rein in her classroom, overall she accepted the fact that there would be noisy chaos among the children. How does a teacher harness this sort of energy when asking the students to perform specific tasks? How does he ensure that it does not become disruptive? Based on Ashton-Warner's experiences, is this noise ever destructive? Would it be possible to allow this level of noise in most modern-day classrooms or would the differences among the children preclude allowing it?
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