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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 music did the children perform spontaneous, expressive dance?

2. How many words had Tame learned, according to the chart in "Post Holiday Notes"?

3. What were Ashton-Warner and Mr. Tremaine drinking while talking on the porch?

4. What is a "waiata"?

5. What is a "pakeha"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was it important to offer only present tense verbs to new readers?

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

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

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

6. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

7. What role did discipline play in Ashton-Warner's classroom?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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