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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 did Ashton-Warner react after the "June incident"?

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

3. What instrument did the seven-year-old twins play after the event for Kahu?

4. Which basketball player had a leg injury and could not play in the competition?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What was the reaction of strangers to Ashton-Warner's multi-colored Maori belt?

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

10. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ashton-Warner discussed the basic rule of organic teaching as a "creative vent." Explore what she meant by that expression. How does providing children with an opportunity to vent, whether in writing, dance or artwork, help that child grow? If the child is asked to conform to certain educational standards and suppress his own impulses, how does that affect his overall schoolwork? Is some degree of suppression necessary for the sake of classroom unity and atmosphere or should all students be given free rein to express themselves even if they do not follow the curriculum? How does the imposition of adult-determined standards stunt a child's growth, as Ashton-Warner suggested?

Essay Topic 2

Ashton-Warner pointed out that although the Maori love words, they frequently speak to one another in one-word sentences that convey detailed meaning. Do you think this tendency is natural to human beings or was it developed over time by the Maori as they lived on a previously-isolated island nation? Do humans develop different language patterns based on their culture? Would it be possible for a non-Maori to develop the skill of interpreting the many nuances of a one-word Maori sentence? How can different speech patterns lead to misunderstandings?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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