250 word reply with reference

“In the eyes of the community, computers in the classroom have come to symbolize a school curriculum that is up-to-date and instruction that is benefiting from ‘the latest technology.’ This is, of course, a silly leap of faith.”

When reading this statement, I believe with the implementation of the 21st Century school, many people believe these school are the leaders in all technological areas. This is a highly important part of schools in the 21st century due to the direction in which society is heading in technology. You honestly cannot go anywhere or complete tasks without technology in this day and age.

I believe technology is highly important and schools with new technology are creating students who are more engaged and motivated than when we were in school. Technology helps students learn faster and begin to have a joy for learning (Chapin, 2013). Growing up in a traditional classroom, students sat in desk, that were in rows, and listened to the teacher talk while students took notes. This is not how classrooms are set up today. Students are constantly moving and using technology in stations or collaborating over the computer.

As a parent, I look for schools that will provide my child with the technology they will need, so they are prepared for their future academic and professional experiences. In my children’s school, every student has a chrome notebook, which enables them to work from home and use their google classroom from any mobile device. They also create and build robots and programs for the computer. The school is a 21st century school with collaboration rooms and the school is also powered by solar energy. This is a great use of technology and the school is now saving the county over 8 million dollars a year. These are very innovated schools and they realize the importance of technology.

The use of technology can basically bring the world into the classroom. Teaching students how to use technology to learn, research, collaborate, and solve problems when they are in Kindergarten on up, helps students become prepared for the future. Through different networks, students can collaborate with classrooms from around the world which enables students to share different cultural and environmental experiences.

With the impact of technology in schools it is imperative teachers discuss and provide students guidance on what is appropriate and not appropriate When using of digital tools. Technology is far from silly and usually when someone believes it is not useful or it is focused on too much in schools, they are not open to change and will eventually be left behind.

Reference

Chapin, J. (2013). Elementary social studies: A practical guide (8th ed). Boston, MA: Pearson.

 
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Respond to a colleague who presents a different point of view on these strategies than you. (Please be detailed in response, use 2 APA references and ask a question to the student)

Response to Ashley

Discussion: Involuntary Group Members

The dynamics of group therapy can be challenging due to the diversity of each individual member as well as the fact that they are mandated to attend. The social worker should take such diversity into consideration otherwise she’ll experience issues running her group smoothly and cohesively. She needs to find new ways and strategies to not only work with each group member but with the group as a whole to create a new sense of foundation. It becomes even more difficult for the social worker to lead the group with the negative baggage the members bring with them (Schimmel & Jacobs, 2011). This is where diversified skills in running groups are imperative for social workers.

To begin the task of putting a group together, the social worker must be strategic when identifying each group member’s readiness (Schimmel, 2011). She needs to assess if they are ready for change and where they fall in the stages of pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance (Toseland & Rivas, 2017). Group members can be in different stages however if their mind-set is holding them back from being a cohesive member of the group, it may not be a good fit. Therefore the social worker must assess and validate each group members’ entry into the group. Since most of the group members may be there involuntary, mandated due to probation, the social worker might not have any other option but to allow them in the group whether they are a good fit or not (Toseland, 2017). It is the social worker’s duty to question the negative members and acknowledge their resistance to the group even if they are involuntary (Schimmel, 2011 & Toseland, 2017). The social worker must address issues because avoiding or ignoring them for too long will create chaos for the group going forward. Each group member should have the opportunity to speak openly and share their feelings on the group’s progress. The social worker should create expectations for the group where eventually she will maximize the group’s choices and minimize their demands (Toseland, 2017). Thus she will empower the group to run on its own while she is merely guiding them from the background instead of continually setting expectations. Set expectations are vital for the group’s cohesiveness however the group should also have input as to what they want the group to accomplish and how the expectations are helping to do so.

These strategies are vital for social workers dealing with group dynamics because they must hold the group members accountable for their actions and behaviors. Even if they do not want to be there, they must still respect the rest of the group and the social worker. The social worker should choose to focus on the positive clients (Schimmel, 2011) because it will show the negative clients their behaviors will not be rewarded with increased attention. The social worker should also address negative behaviors outside of the group setting as a respect factor and reiterate the expectations to the group. If these negative members are unable to follow through with these expectations, then the social worker needs to contact their probation officer or the judge, notifying them that this group member is unable to follow through. An important learning experience for the social worker while running groups is to read the room and address the problems when they are visible. Group members may not always feel comfortable communicating their emotions but when they arise, the social worker must be able to address the “elephant” in the room. She must also set boundaries early and follow through with them. However, each group member will understand the boundaries differently and may get offended, thus, the social worker must be even more rigid to maintain the group dynamics and follow through.

It goes without saying that the social worker running groups will face a myriad of challenges. Immediately addressing the negativity and communicating in a positive manner does create a sense of empowerment for the group. It opens the door for group members to share how they are feeling and gives them the opportunity to discuss their expectations. With group members expressing their emotions, it becomes an unsteady situation with some members getting their feelings hurt because they are being held accountable for their actions. It is safer and more accommodating for them to communicate within the group then out in real life circumstances. Therefore, the social worker should show them the benefits of group interactions, create a balance, and set an example.

When dealing with difficult group members in a variety of situations, the social worker must always think outside the box (Schimmel, 2017) because confrontations are never by the book. She should first identify the problem and decipher various strategies that might work to address it. The social worker should continually assess the group’s effectiveness every group session and determine what is progressing and what is going awry. The assessment will help the social worker also see if the group members are working well together, which might cause her to make changes or improvements to get the group engaged. In order for the group to succeed, the social worker must find ways to get every group member’s buy-in (Schimmel, 2017).

References

Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.).

Boston, MA: Pearson. Chapter 7, “The Group Begins” (pp. 197–230). Chapter 8, “Assessment” (pp. 230-263).

Schimmel, C. J., & Jacobs, E. (2011). When leaders are challenged: Dealing with involuntary

members in groups. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36(2), 144–158.

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Response to Rose

Groups that are mandated or involuntary tend to be more challenging because those individuals are being coerced into group ,and tend to lack the motivation that is needed for successful group dynamics (Schimmel & Jacobs, 2011). Fortunately, there are techniques that can be used to combat these difficulties.

Keeping an open mind about individual motivations in the group is important. One cannot simply assume that everyone in the mandated or involuntary group is unwilling to take away from the group experience. In addition, it takes a good group leader who encompasses charisma, flexibility, and self-awareness to creatively engage all group members. It is inevitable that involuntary group members will be negative or trying. A group leader should remind themselves to stay positive and remain non-defensive. Being direct and assertive when necessary will also help prevent the group from going off topic or becoming negative.

There are also strategies that group leaders can utilize for situations when one or more group members are open about not wanting to be in the group. As mentioned previously, a good group leader with confidence is needed to fully enforce control especially when a group is not progressing. Also, if a group leader notices that the entire group is closed off to being there, then the group leader should remember their purpose, which is to provide information about a topic and continue to engage members by making the experience valuable.

One strategy that Schimmel & Jacobs (2011) highlighted that I could see myself utilizing is using a writing exercise. The writing exercise allows members to make a list or finish a prompt. Members will pay attention to hear what others say out of curiosity. Also, those who are resistant to sharing are more likely to share because they feel more comfortable reading. Overall. It’s a good exercise and could be used an ice breaker to start group. A strategy that was mentioned by Schimmel & Jacobs (2011) that grabbed my attention was the rubber band strategy. This is when a group leader uses a giant rubber band to enforce the concept of trust within a group atmosphere. I think would refrain from using the technique just because it may give some people the wrong impression or misinterpreted.

Schimmel, C. J., & Jacobs, E. (2011). When leaders are challenged: Dealing with involuntary members in groups. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36(2), 144–158.

 
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select a public organization in need of improvement that you will benchmark against Toyota.

Research Toyota Production System (TPS) and Toyota Lean Enterprise solutions, and also the selected public organization that needs improvement.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you benchmark/baseline the lean enterprise organization against Toyota.

Compare and contrast your chosen organization with Toyota (a company that already practices lean enterprise best practices and initiatives).

Address each of the following in your paper:

  • Benchmark/baseline your selected public organization in need of better lean enterprise solutions with Toyota.
  • Compare and contrast the management style(s) and other operating principles of your selected organization with Toyota’s.
  • Describe the differences or similarities that the two organizations have in vision, mission, values, and/or objectives.
  • Assess the characteristics and best practices benchmarked for your selected organization’s lean enterprise style(s), and explain how they affect organizational behavior, and compare those characteristics with Toyota’s.
  • Evaluate how the benchmarked best practices can be integrated into your selected organization’s practices.
  • Explain how benchmarking/baselining can facilitate the change process to improve efficiency and eliminate waste.

Cite at least three different references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 
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Make a post (300-500 words) on a weekly discussion topic: A Critical Perspective on Systems Theory

CASIMIR, Can you break this down into the individual questions too please

In what ways does Critical Theory seem to draw on and disagree with a purely systems based perspective?

Note to self: Week 12

 
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Read each case and answer questions over the case. Only 2 cases and 6 questions. 2 to 3 sentences for each question.

 
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In a 4-5 page paper, Times New Roman 12 pt double-spaced, please respond: What were the biggest challenges that early America faced? How were they overcome? Do you believe that the United States could have become a failed state in its first few decades of existence? Why or why not?

 
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Assignment 2: Complementary Partners

Due Week 6 and worth 200 points

Imagine you are working with a partner to plan and host a workshop on leadership. There will be 100 people attending. Review the following optional articles and videos that detail creating a PowerPoint presentation for this assignment:

Write a five to seven (5-7) slide narrated PowerPoint presentation in which you:

  1. Describe what strengths you would like your partner to have for this particular task, and why.
  2. Explain how the strengths you have chosen for your partner would complement your strengths.
  3. Identify the top two leadership points you would want to share at the workshop, and discuss why you selected those points.
  4. Address two additional leadership traits that can assist in managing conflict and improve communication within the organization.
  5. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    1. Format the PowerPoint presentation with headings on each slide and at least one (1) relevant graphic (photograph, graph, clip art, etc.). Ensure that the presentation is visually appealing and readable from up to 18 feet away.
    2. Include a title slide containing the title of the assignment, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the primary functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, controlling) and the associated skills, tools, and theoretical approaches that can be used to accomplish these functions.
  • Explain the multiple aspects of the managerial planning process and the application of various business- and corporate-level strategies.
  • Explain the principal theories of leadership and motivation, and describe the fundamental considerations in managing and motivating individual and group behavior.
  • Describe actions to improve communications, manage conflict, develop strong organizational culture, and improve the ethical behavior in organizations.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in management concepts.
  • Write clearly and concisely about management concepts using proper writing mechanics.
 
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HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK. PLEASE FILL IN THE BLANKS. USE 12 POINT FONT AND DOUBLE SPACE YOUR ANSWERS. UPLOAD YOUR ANSWERS HERE. EACH ANSWER IS WORTH 5 POINTS.

The work for this week is about motivation. We all know what doesn’t motivate us, especially at this time of the year. I could tell you dark chocolate (any form: candy, ice cream, cake, cookies) for me. But when it comes to work, what motivates me? For me, it is whether I can make a positive difference in someone’s life: it is the reason for the work that motivates me most — it makes me want to do my best, to accept nothing less than my best from myself, makes me feel like life is worth living.

1. Fill in the blank: when I was 12 years old, I thought I would grow up to be a:___________________________

2. All my life, my friends and/or family would say to do _________ so much, (or, you are so good at _____________________) you ought to be a:________________ The thought of actually doing this job makes me feel:

3. Describe “the best part” of any job, activity, or experience that you ever had where you were responsible for accomplishing a task or result (paid or unpaid). Why was it the “best part”?

4. Being an engaged employee sounds like a great idea, but I could never be motivated at Google because ________________________. (Assume that you could work in Philadelphia). Please describe in 4-6 sentences why Google would be the least (or most) motivating environment for you. Be specific and reference the readings for this week.

 
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Please meet the attached file ( first one) about the requirements of paper. The research question is “Will Trump’s immigration policy result in fewer immigrants coming to America?” You need to do preliminary analysis about this topic. I also attached some background you can reference if you want to know. For the data sources, you cannot write general data sources, like survey , interview. You need to write specific data sources with the question like logistic regression etc. In the end, if you have other questions or confuses please let me know.


 
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Respond to the stated question, including any relevance to and implications on the field of criminal justice. Be sure to discuss the issue(s) to which the question pertain(s). Remarks can include your opinion(s), but must be based on experience, research, and/or prior learning. Use this exercise to foster a rich dialogue with your colleagues about issues that are important to the field of criminal justice.

Your initial posting must be no less than 350 words and is due no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT. The day you post will count as one of your required four unique postings.

During this module, we will be looking at corrections, specifically, “Women in Prison: Sexual Misconduct by Correctional Staff,” a report written by the United States General Accounting Office.

This report is very thorough and will give you an overview of the findings. In addition, the report focuses on four separate organizations: Federal Bureau of Prisons, California Department of Corrections, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and District of Columbia Department of Corrections.

You are to read the government report by clicking here or by going to the Webliography. Then respond logically with your own thoughts and opinions.

Report link https://www.gao.gov/assets/230/227683.pdf

 
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