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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 new stoves did the school have?

2. What did the drawings depict in the Infant Reading Scheme that Ashton-Warner showed to Tremaine?

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

4. What story was Ashton-Warner asked to read while trying to get the child to nap?

5. When did "Remembering" take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ashton-Warner criticized the use of workbooks in schools, although she said she understood why some teachers relied on them. Do workbooks provide any benefits to the students? Are they absolutely necessary for determining how well a child is learning? Would it be possible to devise other ways of measuring a child's development? Are workbooks used because the curriculum is standardized for all children? Would they be helpful if curricula were tailored to individual students?

Essay Topic 2

Although Ashton-Warner was willing to sometimes rein in her classroom, overall she accepted the fact that there would be noisy chaos among the children. How does a teacher harness this sort of energy when asking the students to perform specific tasks? How does he ensure that it does not become disruptive? Based on Ashton-Warner's experiences, is this noise ever destructive? Would it be possible to allow this level of noise in most modern-day classrooms or would the differences among the children preclude allowing it?

Essay Topic 3

Ashton-Warner wrote at length about the importance of tone in the classroom. Write an essay exploring how tone is set in the classroom and how several people have a role in setting that tone. Does the tone have to be the same from classroom to classroom or school to school? Or should there be variations based on the unique needs of the teachers and students? How does a teacher determine what tone works best for her students and how does she achieve that tone, especially if it differs from what she would normally like to see?

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