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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. To what institution did Ashton-Warner compare teaching?

2. What is a "roro"?

3. What color were the sports pullovers the basketball players were knitting for themselves?

4. What kind of tree could be seen through the glass wall?

5. What was the weather like the day Ashton-Warner met with Tremaine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ashton-Warner criticize herself for the way she handled Matawhero's defiance after he hit Gordon?

2. 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?

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

4. What happened when Ashton-Warner attempted to secure school uniforms for her students from a nearby shop?

5. What revelation did Ashton-Warner have in "Post-Holiday Notes" about using Maori readers with both Maori and white students?

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

7. What did the students' compositions reveal about their family lives?

8. How did sentence length differ between whites and Maoris?

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

10. Why did Ashton-Warner focus on teaching her Maori students nouns at first?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ashton-Warner pointed out that although the Maori love words, they frequently speak to one another in one-word sentences that convey detailed meaning. Do you think this tendency is natural to human beings or was it developed over time by the Maori as they lived on a previously-isolated island nation? Do humans develop different language patterns based on their culture? Would it be possible for a non-Maori to develop the skill of interpreting the many nuances of a one-word Maori sentence? How can different speech patterns lead to misunderstandings?

Essay Topic 2

The great Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, developed and operated a school for peasant children that Ashton-Warner expressed admiration for. The school day was long and students were given significant freedom to choose what subjects to study and when. Is this school model possible on a larger scale or is it something that can only be done on a small scale, under unique circumstances? What are the benefits of allowing students to go at their own pace and explore the subjects most dear to them? What happens to standardized curricula and school-wide tests in such a situation?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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