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What are the current major issues relating to education? How do you feel about related policies?

Reflections on Education Policy
For your journal entry, you will explore aspects of your personal experience and/or beliefs regarding significant public policies and what you have learned in this course.  As you reflect this week, please discuss the following questions:

  1. What are the current major issues relating to education?
  2. How do you feel about related policies?
  3. What, if anything, has changed or is changing, and how does it affect you personally?
  4. What were your thoughts prior to reading this week’s reading assignment?
  5. How has your perspective been either reinforced or changed now that you are more informed?

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned during this course, particularly this week, and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this what you have learned this week to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment. However, you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries.

Interview is relevant, addresses definition of disorder in terms of education, student needs, special need student characteristics, medical/educational implications, classroom concerns, teacher responsibilities, and teacher interactions and activities.

Interview a minimum of two teachers and/or staff of an educational program for students with multiple disabilities. Discuss the following:

 

1.Define the disability

 

2.Needs of the students

 

3.Characteristics of the special need students

 

4.Medical implications

 

5.Educational implications

 

6.Concerns in the classroom

 

7.Teachers’ responsibilities

 

8.Classroom description, teacher interactions, and activities

 

After the interviews have been conducted, write a summation of 1,000-1,250-words of the information learned. Be sure to use information from the interviews and include any) moments that may have changed the way you viewed these disabilities and the educational and classroom implications.

 

Guidelines of Assignment:

 

1.       Interview is relevant, addresses definition of disorder in terms of education, student needs, special need student characteristics, medical/educational implications, classroom concerns, teacher responsibilities, and teacher interactions and activities.

 

 

 

2.       Content is comprehensive, accurate, and persuasive; definitions are clearly stated. Major points are stated clearly and are well supported. Research is adequate, up to date, relevant, and addresses all of the issues stated in the assignment’s criteria. Three or more relevant academic sources were cited.

 

 

 

3.       Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive; contained within the thesis is the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.

 

 

 

4.       There is a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas progress and relate to each other. Paragraph and transition construction guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless.

 

 

 

APA format, Times New Romans 12pt., double space, in-text citation(s), reference(s) and turn it in less than 20%.

Explain the topic you are addressing and your position on it. Provide a preview of your paper and a statement of your thesis in your opening paragraph. [Approximately 100 words] Present your main argument for your thesis in standard form, with each premise and the conclusion on a separate line. Clearly indicate whether your argument is intended to be inductive or deductive. Follow up the presentation of your argument by clarifying the meaning of any premises that could use some explanation. [About 150 words]

Does Social Media enhance interpersonal relationships

Explain the topic you are addressing and your position on it. Provide a preview of your paper and a statement of your thesis in your opening paragraph. [Approximately 100 words] Present your main argument for your thesis in standard form, with each premise and the conclusion on a separate line. Clearly indicate whether your argument is intended to be inductive or deductive. Follow up the presentation of your argument by clarifying the meaning of any premises that could use some explanation. [About 150 words]

·         If your argument is deductive, then it should be valid (in the strict logical sense of the word); if it is inductive, then it should be strong. Make sure to avoid committing logical fallacies within your argument (e.g., begging the question). Additionally, the premises should be true, to the best of your knowledge. If one of your premises has a pretty obvious counter-example, then you should either fix the argument so that it does not have this flaw, or later, in your paper (steps three through five) you should address the apparent counter-example (showing that it does not really refute the truth of your premise). Arguments that are not valid, not very strong, commit fallacies, or that have counter-examples that are not adequately addressed will not receive full credit.

Provide supporting evidence for the premises of your argument. [Approximately 350 words]

·         Pay special attention to those premises that could be seen as controversial. Evidence may include academic research sources, supporting arguments (arguments whose conclusions are premises of the main argument), or other ways of demonstrating the truth of those premises. This section should include at least one scholarly research source.

Explain a strong objection to your argument. [Approximately 250 words]

·         Study what people on the other side of this question think about your reasoning and present the best possible objection that someone could have to your argument. Do not commit the straw man fallacy here. Reference at least one scholarlyresearch source. See the “Practicing Effective Criticism” section of Chapter 9 of the course text for more information.

Defend your argument against the objection. [Approximately 200 words]

·         Once you have presented the objection, indicate clearly how you might respond to it. It is acceptable to admit that reasonable people might disagree with you or that there might be an area in which your argument could be further strengthened, but you should do your best to explain why your argument is sound or cogent despite the objections.

 

Provide an appropriate conclusion. [Approximately 75 words]

Think about the material you encountered in the course this week, and describe one aspect of the classroom resources Assignments, Discussions, or assigned readings that surprised you. Make sure to describe why the material interested you as a thinker.

Journal Think about the material you encountered in the course this week, and describe one aspect of the classroom resources Assignments, Discussions, or assigned readings that surprised you. Make sure to describe why the material interested you as a thinker. The weekly journals will be used to develop a personalized academic writing plan that will fit into the Personal Success Plan Assignment. Set a timer on the stove, a clock or on your phone and write for ten minutes without stopping. The prompt will remain the same each week, but you will reflect about a different aspect of each week’s resources.

:Describe the week’s content and resources to a person who has not seen/heard or observed it.

. Answer the question: “What does this content/topic mean

 

Answer the question: “What is the value in understanding this

Knowing about nutrition and children’s developmental needs helps to provide a good start in making healthy food selections, yet there are other factors to consider, including children’s preferences, cultural backgrounds, and, of course, individual health issues. In other words, it’s not always simple to decide what constitutes a quality snack for young children.

Knowing about nutrition and children’s developmental needs helps to provide a good start in making healthy food selections, yet there are other factors to consider, including children’s preferences, cultural backgrounds, and, of course, individual health issues. In other words, it’s not always simple to decide what constitutes a quality snack for young children.

For this Discussion, imagine you are an early childhood professional who is responsible for selecting snacks for the children in your program. Some of your children are overweight, some are obese based on nutritional guidelines, and others appear to be underweight or malnourished. Some are vegetarians, and others are accustomed to specific cultural foods. Referring to Table 9-1 (pp. 323-324 ) and Sections 9.3 and 9.5 in your text, what factors should you consider when choosing which snacks to serve?

 

 

 

Post your response to at least two of the following:

 

  • How you would make food selections that value and respect children’s cultural backgrounds
  • Essential information you would share with families about your philosophy of healthy snacking

Explain what can happen when children do not engage in healthy fitness activities. Be sure to consider the impact on children of being overweight or obese, including implications for health and self-esteem.

Physical Fitness

As you have been learning, your knowledge about the nutritional and fitness needs of children will have the greatest impact when you can share this knowledge in order to help children and their families grow in awareness of and commitment to healthy behaviors and lifestyles. For your blog section this week, prepare a 2-page fact sheet to inform both early childhood professionals and families about the essential aspects of physical fitness for preschool-age children. Use the following guidelines:

Write an introductory paragraph or at least five bullet points that explain why physical fitness is so important for young children. Include at least three developmental skills that children are learning at this age, and describe how physical activities can help children toward mastery of these skills. Be sure to cite evidence from the learning resources or, if desired, use other resources to support your claims.

  • Explain what can happen when children do not engage in healthy fitness activities. Be sure to consider the impact on children of being overweight or obese, including implications for health and self-esteem.
  • Indicate how adults can help children develop good fitness habits. Describe at least two activities, such as specific games or movements, which are appropriate and enjoyable for children of this age. At least one of the activities should involve gross-motor (locomotor) skills, and another should involve fine-motor (manipulative) skills. Remember, the activities you recommend should be developmentally appropriate, which includes noncompetitive.
  • Based on your readings, include at least one inspirational, thought-provoking quote that captures your attitude and/or philosophy about fostering children’s healthy growth and development.
  • For your fact sheet, draw on the information in the fitness articles from this week’s Required Resources and your own research to provide evidence about the positive impact that physical activity has on children’s health, both now and in the future. Be sure to cite your sources.

Assignment length: 2 pages

Creating shared meaning with the receiver of a message is what organizational communication is all about. Choose and respond to ONE of the following statements below. Explain whether you agree or disagree. Describe how a different perspective from someone could cause issues and what could be done to create shared meaning.

Creating shared meaning with the receiver of a message is what organizational communication is all about. Choose and respond to ONE of the following statements below. Explain whether you agree or disagree. Describe how a different perspective from someone could cause issues and what could be done to create shared meaning. Support your answer with real or hypothetical examples and support material from a credible source, such as the course textbook. Oral skills are more important than written communication skills for most jobs. People who are the most intelligent make the best grades and are the most successful. The successful organizational member must be competitive and persuasive. The successful organizational member is more analytical than others and believes technical skills are more important than communication abilities. It does not matter how I use nonverbal communication techniques, for everyone knows that what I say is more important than how I say it. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. Feel free to use another credible source to support your ideas. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced in APA style; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations in APA style. Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

Select three common models of managed health care organizations as discussed in Chapter 23. Identify the pros and cons for each chosen model. Give suggestions to strengthen the weaknesses of the chosen models. Respond to at least two posts of classmates.

Discussions

1.      Models of Managed Health Care

Select three common models of managed health care organizations as discussed in Chapter 23. Identify the pros and cons for each chosen model. Give suggestions to strengthen the weaknesses of the chosen models.  Respond to at least two posts of classmates.
2.      Culture of Safety 

 

Why are organizations encouraged to develop a culture of safety? How can a culture of safety be achieved? How can a culture of safety be assessed? Research and identify an article discussing a healthcare organization e.g. hospital, nursing home, surgery center, patient care facility etc. that has implemented innovative safety operations to reduce corporate risk. Summarize 3-4 main points from your selected article. Cite the article in APA format as part of your post.  Respond to at least two posts of classmates.

How clearly you demonstrate your knowledge of your chosen topic. Frequent and appropriate use of examples from the textbook and selected articles to support your points. Appropriate inclusion of relevant quotes from the discussion forum activities.

Final Paper

For the Final Paper, you will select one topic from the list below.  You will want to choose a topic that is important or interesting to you.

Instructions for completing the Final Paper:

  • Please select from one of the following topics, which are addressed in the course textbook, Introduction to Computer Literacy:
    • Collaborative Technologies (covered in Chapter 1)
    • Ethical Concerns in Computing (covered in Chapter 1)
    • The Digital Divide (covered in Chapter 1)
    • Open Source Software (covered in Chapter 3)
    • The Impact of Mobile Computing (covered in Chapter 4)
    • Social Networks  (covered in Chapter 7)
    • Protecting Copyrights and Intellectual Property (covered in Chapter 8)
    • The Future of Cloud Computing (covered in Chapter 9)
  • Return to the textbookand review the pages in the chapter that pertain to your selected topic.
  • Next, log in to the Ashford University Library and conduct a search on that topic.
    • The INF103. tutorial will walk you through the basic steps of doing a search for scholarly articles within the Ashford University Library.  A transcript of this video can be accessed through your online course.
  • Select two scholarly articles to use in your paper. For each article, write down the author information, date of publication, title of the article, the publication information (journal title), and the database from which you retrieved the article. You will need this information when you create your references for the sources.
  • Begin the writing process. You are going to compare the points of view offered by these authors (the author of your textbook and the authors of the two articles you have selected) on your selected topic, and then offer your own point of view based upon your analysis of the readings.
    • The Ashford Writing Center (AWC) offers assistance with the writing process. The AWC contains many tutorials and offers online guides for how to develop an academic paper. Click on the Writing Center link under “Learning Resources” in the left navigation of this course to visit the AWC.

Criteria for Grading
You will be graded on how well your paper meets the following criteria:
Content

  • How clearly you demonstrate your knowledge of your chosen topic.
  • Frequent and appropriate use of examples from the textbook and selected articles to support your points.
  • Appropriate inclusion of relevant quotes from the discussion forum activities.
  • At least one paragraph for each of your three sources (the textbook and two scholarly articles) that includes an accurate summary of the points made by the author(s).
  • At least one paragraph for each of your three sources showing your thoughtful analysis of the point of view introduced by the authors.
  • At least two paragraphs illustrating how the authors of those three sources agree or disagree with one another about the topic.
  • At least two paragraphs that reflect your own point of view and provide a conclusion about your chosen topic.

Form
The way your paper looks is also important to this assignment.

  • Complete your assignment using Microsoft Word.
  • Include a proper title page.
  • Use correct APA formatting for an academic paper (see the Ashford Writing Center tutorial).
  • Use proper citation style for all quotes.
  • Your paper must be between five to seven pages long (excluding title and references pages).
  • Make sure to review your paper for grammar and use the Spell Check function in Microsoft Word before submitting your work.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.