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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 was the new teacher doing when Ashton-Warner left the classroom?

2. How many new stoves did the school have?

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

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

5. What position did Matawhero's grandfather hold?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ashton-Warner say that when giving first words to her students, she avoided showing them any illustrations of those words?

2. Why did Ashton-Warner's white student, Dennis, have a nervous breakdown?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Ashton-Warner listened to a Maori adult teach her students a traditional song, she realized that she could not have done that because she was not Maori herself. She knew she could not bring forth the same passion that the Maori teacher did. How did being white affect Ashton-Warner's abilities as a teacher to a mostly-Maori classroom? Did it limit her in any way? Was she required to make changes to her technique because of the racial difference? Were there other situations (besides the traditional song) in which Ashton-Warner would have been at a significant disadvantage as a white person? Is it necessary to have teachers reflect the ethnic or racial makeup of their classrooms?

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

A professor told Ashton-Warner that "tidiness kills education." She so admired the expression that she asked him to repeat it. How was this philosophy reflected in Ashton-Warner's teaching style? What advantages are there to maintaining a sense of chaos and disorder in the classroom? Is learning a neat and tidy activity, or is it naturally messy? How can teachers ensure that maintaining a "neat" classroom does not interfere with students' natural learning patterns?

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