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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 children were on Ashton-Warner's school basketball team?

2. How old was Peter, the chairman of the school board?

3. Which student suffered a nervous breakdown?

4. Which student had a father who worked at the carnival?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Ashton-Warner's attitude toward the white students who accused Maori students of theft?

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

3. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

4. In her discussion of pedagogy as marriage, what did Ashton-Warner mean when she said that "love interferes with fidelity"?

5. How did Ashton-Warner describe the moments in her life when she knew the meaning of what was happening to her?

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

7. Describe the new teacher encountered by Ashton-Warner as she explores the renovated school.

8. Why was Ashton-Warner disappointed with the pictures the new teacher had chosen to personalize the children's coat hooks?

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

10. What set the local Maori pa (village) where Ashton-Warner taught apart from other pas?

Essay Topics

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

Ashton-Warner's book, "Teacher," was extremely influential and continues to be taught in schools of education today. Research if and how her approach to organic teaching has influenced the classrooms of today. How is organic teaching taught? Is it ever fully implemented or was it ultimately unique to a handle of schools and classrooms? Does today's push for school accountability and standardized testing make it more difficult to incorporate organic learning as practiced by Ashton-Warner? Or does organic teaching provide a promising way out of today's difficulties in the educational system?

Essay Topic 3

The Maori children in Ashton-Warner's classroom encountered racism from the majority white population in New Zealand. How did these attitudes affect the students at home and in the community? How did it affect them in the classroom? Did having a white teacher have an impact on them, even if she was open and accepting of them? How do societal assumptions and expectations impact a child's ability to perform in school? Do children internalize the prejudices they encounter or are they able to escape them in the classroom? How do teachers deal with the impact these prejudices may have on their students? Is it possible to fully counter them in school?

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