Research Paper Instructions
Topic: Toward an Understanding of Administration in Church Ministry
This course requires that you write a 7-page research paper. One might ask, “What is Toward an Understanding of Administration in Ministry?” When a minister is a pastor/teacher and he allows Scripture to control his ministry, he becomes an effective administrator for people to follow. Therefore, this paper should be written in a manner that demonstrates your understanding of how a minister should administer his ministry so that people are able to come to know and love God, and allow Him to be their Master and Redeemer. Furthermore, this paper should follow the guidelines that are listed below. Ask yourself each of the following below questions to ensure you fulfill all requirements.
What is the topic you are going to address?
Is there a clear thesis statement?
Does the introduction provide a clear overview of the paper’s contents?
Are the issues raised in the topic properly treated?
Are there differing viewpoints considered, analyzed, and treated within your paper?
Do you analyze the topic thoroughly and logically?
Is your paper written with clear and concise content?
Is your paper written substantively with good development of ideas and concepts?
Do the assertions that you make in your paper have clear support (sources)?
Does your paper flow?
Is your word choice clear and concise without any ambiguity?
Is your paper organization strong and focused?
Did you use proper headings?
Are the transitions between your paragraphs and sections clear?
Are your sentences written with fluency—coherent, unified, and varied?
Are your sentences structured properly—complete, clear, and concise?
Is your punctuation correct?
Did you double space your paper?
Did you use Times New Roman as your font? Did you use 12 point as your font size?
Materials & Style
Did you incorporate 5 scholarly sources?
Are materials properly cited and quoted? Are quotes relevant to the study?
Is your paper properly formatted following Turabian guidelines? Are the entries in the bibliography and footnotes properly formatted?
Is your paper without spelling and grammatical errors?
Does your paper reflect an appropriate collegiate-level of vocabulary?
Does your conclusion offer a good summary of the issues treated?
Does it conclude the thought by offering thoughts that bring the paper to a proper end?
Does it offer suggestions for further study related to the issue/passage?
Select a nearby school district. Create a database of community and school resources that address the needs of students with disabilities living within your chosen school district.
Your database should include a minimum of:
Five community resources (provide short descriptions and links).
Five school or district-based resources (provide short descriptions).
The exceptionalities/needs they address.
Your database should be designed with school staff in mind and be provided in a digital format such as a brochure, flyer, newsletter, or webpage.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.
Discussion: Fair and Equitable? As you have learned from the text and perhaps from your own experiences, characteristics such as gender, culture, socioeconomic status, learning styles, disabilities, and at-risk status can impact the ways that adults relate to and interact with children. As a professional, it is vital that you evaluate your own attitudes and strive to be fair, equitable, and proactive in your interactions with children and families. Review the “Student Characteristics and Teacher Interaction” section (pages 245-266) of your text. Then consider the following questions: •What are some of the complex issues related to gender? •What are some of the complex issues related to culture and diversity? •Do all children have an equal opportunity to succeed in school? Choose two characteristics covered in the section you reviewed that concern you the most in terms of the potential for inequitable treatment of young children. By Day 3 Post your thoughts with regard to the following: •Identify the two characteristics you chose, and explain why each is of special concern to you. •Explain how you as a professional can advocate for young children and families in each area. Be sure to also explain how you will ensure that your own behavior with regard to each characteristic is fair and equitable to children you work with and their families.
Discussion: A Critical Look at the Question of Class The course text describes the impact of socioeconomic status on parenting style and the socialization of children. Berns defines four levels of “class” and describes characteristics of each. Yet, further reading implies that the concept—and reality—of social class may be more complex than the author’s presentation. Your role as a student is not only to read for information, but also to read critically as well. Review the “Class Descriptions” and “Effects of Class” sections of the course text (pages 107-109), paying close attention to the values and behaviors ascribed to each class and especially the “lower class” and the “underclass.” Then, review the “Class Matters: Shadowy Lines That Still Divide” article, which discusses modern views of social class in the United States. Next, consider the following: •What you know about class in America today •Your experiences related to class •The differences between the presentation of class in America today in the New York Times article and the description of class in the course text •Your thoughts about those differences •How children may be affected by class and by people’s attitudes and beliefs related to class •How the information presented in your text might have a negative affect on teachers’ perceptions of children and their families By Day 3 Based on the readings and your own experiences, post your thoughts in regard to: •Your views on differences between social classes that have the most influence on outcomes for children •In your future work with young children and families, how you will avoid allowing stereotypes, assumptions, and labels that can create negative and/or limited perceptions of children and families from influencing you
Application: Envisioning a Toddler Classroom Alive with Learning You have been learning about the foundational ideas and principles related to developmentally appropriate physical environments in toddler settings. For this Application, you will develop your vision of how an ideal toddler setting might look and feel. Before you begin, think about the following: •What toddlers are like developmentally, what they do, and what they need •Environmental factors that foster toddlers’ •relationships •independence •movement identity play and learning •Additional components of quality physical environments Part 1: Visualize Close your eyes. Visualize a toddler setting that truly encourages, supports, and guides children’s play and learning. Let your mind travel around the room. What does it look like? What does it feel like? How does it sound? What are the adults in the room doing? What are the children doing? How are they interacting with each other, the materials, and the space? What kind of learning experiences are they involved in? What opportunities do children have to demonstrate their independence and individual identities? How does the environment support movement, physical development, and safe risk taking? How does the environment foster the development of relationships? If a visitor walked in, how would he or she describe the culture, energy, care, and learning in this setting? Part 2: Brainstorm Inspired by what you envisioned above, write down at least 20 words or phrases that describe a quality physical environment—one that meets toddlers’ needs and interests; fosters relationships, independence, and identity; supports movement, play, and safe risk taking; and is alive with play and learning. Part 3: Describe Now that you have taken time to visualize and brainstorm your ideas, write your description of a quality physical environment. Be sure to address the following areas: •Classroom arrangement and activity/learning areas •Classroom atmosphere •Accessible materials •Types of interactions Note: Be sure to cite the Learning Resources to substantiate your thinking. Part 4: Submittal Options Should you elect to add an illustration of the physical environment to your written Environment Description, consider the following options: •Freehand illustration of physical environment scanned and inserted into Word document and submitted with your written description •Electronic illustration of physical environment created through PowerPoint® or free (trial) technologies like Inspiration®, created and uploaded, as a separate file, along with your written assignment For this assignment, submit your Environment Description. Assignment length: 2 pages
Play and the Environment As you have been learning, settings rich in opportunities for play support toddler development and learning. In this Discussion, you will have an opportunity to view, analyze, and discuss how play is supported during a scene filmed in a toddler setting. To prepare for this Discussion, view the media program “Supporting Toddler Play.” Note: This video segment may seem short and simple; however, it contains rich interactions supportive of children’s development and learning. As you view, keep in mind that the caregiver has an ongoing relationship with the children and his actions are shaped by an awareness of what has preceded this moment. While you may not fully understand the interactions from the perspectives of the caregiver, the scene should help you to generate questions and insights about supporting toddler play. As you view the toddler-caregiver scene, think about the following questions: •What is happening in the scene you are viewing? •What do you notice about the children? •What do you notice about the role of the caregiver? •What opportunities for play did you observe? •How did the environment (including physical and human factors) facilitate play? •How are children’s interactions with the environment supported? By Day 3: Post your thoughts with regard to how play was supported, along with any additional suggestions you would make in order to facilitate play during this interaction.
Content Review Directions: •Respond to each item. Each response should be concise and between 2–3 paragraphs in length. •Use MS Word to write your responses, and submit your answers to all three questions in one Word document. •Copy and paste each question within the document, so that your Instructor can see to which question you are responding. 1.”Play is the child’s laboratory for cognitive trial and error and rehearsal for real-life problem solving” (Swim, 2017, p. 38). Based on the Learning Resources this week, explain the role of the environment in supporting children’s progression from exploration to play, and at least three key factors essential to creating an engaging environment for young children. 2.Learning centers represent a popular environmental design strategy that can be used in toddler classrooms. Based on pages 177-180 Infants and Toddlers: Caregiving and Responsive Curriculum and Curriculum Development, identify your overall goal(s) for creating learning centers for toddlers and explain at least three factors you would take into account when designing these centers. 3.Consider what you have learned about selecting appropriate equipment and materials for toddlers. Then identify and explain at least three factors you would take into account when selecting equipment and materials for a toddler classroom.
Each student will write a well-developed and thought out essay that discusses their personal philosophy of education and pick 3 theorists that have influenced their philosophy. A teacher’s educational philosophy guides his/her practice in the classroom and is their guide for decision-making. You are to pick from one of the five philosophy that we discuss in class. Which are Essentialism, Behaviorism, Progressivism, Social Reconstructionism, & Perennialism.
Students are to write an essay which includes the following:
Personal philosophy of education based on your educational experience, theorists, and the results of your philosophy survey. Include and cite a minimum of three theorists/philosophers in your discussion.
Use APA format in writing the essay and cite any references that are used. Essays should be no more than three (3) pages.
Identify and research a current issue that may impact a child’s self-concept and self-esteem during the early elementary years of childhood (ages 5 to 8). Discuss the issue; then analyze and apply child development theory or research or both.
Applying the Code
Read the scenario from NAEYC, below. Then describe the core values in this situation, and who you are responsible for. Then look at the NAEYC Code and see what guidance can be found there. List the relevant items in the Code and then describe what you think a highly qualified early childhood educator should do in this situation.
The program you teach for is under pressure to use “standardized paper-and-pencil” tests. You’ve been told that two tests have been chosen and you’ll receive training on how to administer them. Your observation recordings will no longer be used to assess children’s progress. You’ve heard that for these tests you must remove the child from the classroom and take him to another room to test him. You’re worried that many children will find this to be stressful, and you’re also concerned about leaving your aide alone with all the other children in the group for long periods of time.
As you wrap up the course, think back to what you have learned about the development of young children. How can you take this knowledge and apply it to your own workplace and become an advocate for young children and the profession as a whole. Outline your plan for advocacy and personal continuous learning within the field.
You have just been employed as a preschool teacher of 4-year-old children. Identify four learning centers that you think would be most beneficial and developmentally appropriate for this age group.
Describe each center, including the materials and equipment that would be needed.
Explain how each center will contribute to children’s learning.
Discuss why you chose these four centers.
Discuss some possible barriers you may encounter when implementing these centers and how you plan to address them.
The article and video below may be helpful to you:
Keys to Planning Successful Learning Centers in Child Care (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Perfect Literacy Centers (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
The paper should be two to three pages in length, not including title and reference pages. Use at least one reference in addition to your text for a total of two references. You must cite each reference in your paper at least once.
Your paper should be written using the following writing guidelines:
Use of graduate level writing with no grammar or spelling mistakes.
Use of writing conventions such as good topic sentences, sub-headings, and transitions for ease of understanding.
Formatted according to 6th edition APA style, as outlined in the