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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 color did Ashton-Warner say she liked after her basketball team won?

2. What author, quoted by Ashton-Warner, advocated hitting children as punishment?

3. What event was being celebrated for Kahu at the Assembly Hall?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

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

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

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

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

6. What did Ashton-Warner think about as she gazed at the empty site where her old classroom had once stood?

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

8. To what did Ashton-Warner attribute the lack of cohesiveness in some of her later students' stories?

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

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

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

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 3

Ashton-Warner rejected the use of corporal punishment, while pointing out that many prominent philosophers embraced it. Write an essay exploring this issue. Is corporal punishment ever effective? What short-term and long-term impacts does it have on children? Does it make a difference if it is administered at home or in a school setting? What other disciplinary techniques can be used, both at home and at school? Include in your essay whether most schools today allow corporal punishment and how attitudes have changed since Ashton-Warner first wrote "Teacher."

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