To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Ayers
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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. Ayers believes that what sets up schools as institutional forms for re-creation of specific values and norms, dispositions, and assumptions?

2. What does Ayers cite is the main reason students drop out?

3. In the year 2000, how many children did not have health insurance?

4. According to Ayers, what is the mentality of schools?

5. What was the average annual cost to house an inmate in 1999?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 3, "Creating an Environment for Learning," what was found on the wall of Mr. Ayers classrooms?

2. Why, according to Ayers, is child observation is important?

3. In the classroom described in Chapter 1, "Beginning, The Challenge of Teaching," what were students expected to do in the classroom?

4. According to Ayers, what is the framework of a daily lesson plan?

5. What reasons does Ayers give not to teach?

6. In Chapter 2, "Seeing the Student," how did Ayers describe Chesa?

7. Describe the link between dropouts and literacy skills Ayers addressed in his research.

8. In Chapter 1, "Beginning, The Challenge of Teaching," how did Jakob feel after learning to read?

9. According to Ayers, how do students describe teachers?

10. As stated by Ayers, why are people drawn to the teaching profession?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

William Ayers spent most of his professional life teaching. Ayers classroom was a laboratory for teaching.

Part 1) Describe Ayers's research shared in the book.

Part 2) Explain Ayers's focus of the book, To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher.

Part 3) What teaching "tips" or suggestions does Ayers hope the reader takes away from the book?

Essay Topic 2

According to Ayers, standardized testing measured only one small part of a child. Standardized testing was biased and expensive.

Part 1) What alternatives to standardized testing did Ayers propose?

Part 2) Describe the approach these alternatives took toward the education process.

Essay Topic 3

Ayers discussed culture and the many things culture was and was not.

Part 1) According to Ayers what was culture?

Part 2) Who did Ayers believe determined the culture of a community?

Part 3) What cultures did Ayers discuss in the book?

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