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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. Which author stated that "words have souls"?

3. How many children were on Ashton-Warner's school basketball team?

4. To what institution did Ashton-Warner compare teaching?

5. When did "Remembering" take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the behavior of the children differ in the new classrooms compared to when Ashton-Warner taught at the school?

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

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

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

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

6. Why was Ashton-Warner surprised at the appearance of the new classrooms when she visited?

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

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

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 say that when giving first words to her students, she avoided showing them any illustrations of those words?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Ashton-Warner wrote in detail about the importance of "first words" for beginning readers and how the traditional reading books used among young children did not use those words. Write an essay exploring how the use of a child's first words can enhance the learning process. Do children from different cultures develop different first words? Does learning to read from another culture's books necessarily lead to stunted development? If individual children are given their own unique texts, at what point can a teacher introduce standardized books to the entire classroom?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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