My third week in Jean Vanier is to focus on reflecting on the students of school. The student’s ages ranges from 4-20. They are divided in via age groups and difficulty of care. I.E. 4-6 years old would be classified as the youngest. Like I said in the previous logs, the students in Jean Vanier are not considered “normal” by our society. These students have learning disabilities, deformities, mental diseases, and autism which make them unable to meet regular school division expectations. Instead, despite their learning disabilities, they are still taught with lessons with minimal difficulty as much as possible such as simple storytelling, arts and crafts, and simple cooking. The student interact with the use of pictures depicting what they need like food, toothpaste, and drinks. Most of the students lack the ability to speak and utter words. Some of the students lack patience when trying to communicate like one student that was assigned to me name “Caitlyn”. She can’t walk properly, doesn’t speak, and screams when her patience runs out. I had to act accordingly based on what I have been debrief by the supervisor; to handle everything with care, and to adjust to every situation given. Students in Vanier are given tasks and assigned to one teacher. Their main task is to behave and take consideration of their other classmates because some of them lack the skills to communicate properly and they all end up shouting and sometimes fighting in class. For me, the learners in Jean Vanier as the teachers themselves. Every day, they learn to adjust to their student’s behaviour due to the unstable minds that they have regarding their respective conditions. Also, it is also to take note that the teachers rotate their assigned students and learn to handle their situations. Students of Vanier play an essential part of the school. Why? They are sent to school by their parents to actually “teach” the teachers of their condition and give them a different perspective of life that can use to improve themselves as educators.
For me my second week at Vanier was more interesting than my first week. This week, I got to work with teachers on room AE-8. Room AE-8 is a room for students ranging from 5-10 years old. The teacher ages where ranging from 23-50(assuming), and all of them are well-trained and well organized in what they do. As a school for special needs, Vanier functions more like a nursing home for students so some of them have medical experience and not considered teachers. However, ¾ of the staff at Vanier have education degrees and also have medical experience ranging from basic to advance semi-nursing aide experience. The teachers functions as “guide by the side” due to most students’ disabilities that prevents them from learning and functioning as “students”. Vanier’s teacher’s adjust and re-evaluates the situation to cope up with the challenges that their students have to improve their service to the students. The Life of a teacher in Vanier is more like a nurse or a caring mother. The hidden curriculum in the Vanier is Altruism. The hidden curriculum of the school was something that I notice when I started getting my hands on the field of their work as teacher/nursing-aides. I personally think that they were not directly instructed to care, and what I sensed in those teachers were warmth, love, and care. It completely threw me out of balance because this was a very life-changing perspective where my “philosophy of education” falls pale in comparison to the resolve that these teachers have. I don’t even see the difference between the teachers and the nursing-aides anymore due to the hidden curriculum. “What are my teachers like in my school?” The role, responsibilities, function, and behaviour of the teacher are completely different because Vanier is not your typical school. Teaching is less implicated in this school because their students’ learning disabilities instead, Teachers focus more on the well being of the students where they are taken care of properly. Furthermore, the teachers use basic teaching such as communication, arts and crafts, cooking, and storytelling which I would say to be very effective due to disabilities of the children.
These days have been very tough on me due the unending homework that I have been having lately. I was like, nope, I’m gonna play Assassin’s Creed and “chilloot” for a while hahaha. What I found out was playing 6 hours straight can actually give strains to your eyes, mind, and body. I’m a gamer and I was always use to be exposed to video games for long period but that was years ago. Why? because Video games have evolve from sparingly awful graphics to high definition 3d game play and the expectations are very very high especially from the hit games such as Call of Duty, God of War, and Final Fantasy. I’m finally putting the hardest challenges that happen to me during the duration of this learning project.
The difficulties that I have experience was my Internet connection. If you’re internet connection sucks, don’t even attempt to play this game online, because lag issues will emerge all over the place and ruin your gameplay. Also, it will disconnect very often due to the technical difficulties that are presents in the game.
Another difficulty, was group isolation. this means that you can’t switch teams once a team of four formed a group. they will own and kill you every time, They will stun you repeated and escape most of your chase sequences, and they will rack up the most point and make you lose.
Lastly, The Final difficulty that I had was the trash talking in the lobbies. I don’t personally talk shit on my the lobbies and games but I shout when I win and what I find humiliating is that a lot of people talk shit at you with your proper consent and reason. I dislike people who do that and proclaim themselves as bona fide “professional” players when they’re not.
Well, I over did it 27 hours and still counting ’cause I still have to finish the campaign mode and rock at it due to the experience I earned from multiplayer mode but, until then, You just have to wait lol. Peace out! for now that is lol
After all of these weeks, after all the struggles and the pain that I have suffered from university’s relentless assaults. I, Edgar Allan Dela Cruz will survive my first semester. English 100 is one of the toughest challenges that I have faced ever since challenging the valedictorian of my class to an argument about “knowledge versus money” in which I lost. The question is why did I bring up this story? I never engage without purpose so, this is why. The title of valedictorian is awarded to the person with the highest grade point average. Also, valedictorians are respected and whom most people depend on when it comes to group activities and brain storming. Like the valedictorian, for me, English 100 has demands that I could never possibly meet. Furthermore, it is very structured and has several branches of almost unlimited supply of content. They come in different shapes and sizes. They could go from poems to essays and from paragraphs to journals. Why am I saying this? It is because I envy people who were born with natural talent on academics. These people can easily decipher poems and literary pieces like Robert Francis’ “The Pitcher” in a matter of minutes while it seemed barely understandable to people like me without that natural talent. Why can we just be equal? “Ten thousand hours” says Malcolm Gladwell, a phrase that I have been hearing from various professors at the U of R ever since the beginning of class. I had a similar motto of defeating gene via perseverance. However, I started to doubt my motto when I pushed myself to my limits and realized that I was not even close to the level and grandeur of that valedictorian. Overwhelming would be the proper word to describe this phenomenon as well as this English 100 class wouldn’t it? I am weary of the journey of life. I am baffled, confused, and alone in the land of uncharted snow. Does hope and altruism exist? If so, who has it? Why it is only bestowed to the hands of famous, intelligent, and the undeserving? Though my futile attempts to survive this course devour my strength and distort my well-being, I do not plan on giving up. Listen: Being sick does not help either. However, for reasons unknown, my cognitively is not is not the same as before. I do not why this cognitive deterioration is happening to me. I made a gamble and placed my credibility on the line. (My head hurts). It’s not over yet English 100. I will put the last bit of my strength into passing this class before God knows what happens. English 100, you are tough to finish, and seemingly impossible to finish especially to a schmuck like but, let me tell you this: I will not letting you succeed into dragging me into the abyss.
That was some rant that I made and I apologize. However I think it had to be done and I feel a lot better know. Being sick distorts my thinking and reason. Since we are on the topic of poems, I decided to share one of mine for non-academic reason and some feedback I guess.
Edgar Allan Dela Cruz
Soundless, lifeless, and heartless
Consumed by darkness, a land of no caress.
Desolated with lies, devoured by Melancholy
Visited by observers, a vessel full of folly
Windless, depressing, clueless
Populated by craters, all faceless.
A place of overwhelming drought
A realm of unforgiving doubt
Beauty as it may from far away
A demented version of the milky way
Supressing day and offering night
The phenomena of an eclipse, the dark light
The Moon, the parsimonious moon
The pretentious shade, a silent typhoon
-Edgar Allan Not Poe
5 Days ago, The Latest instalment for Assassin’s Creed has Arrive. Assassin’s Creed Revelations! Unfortunately, Most Critics claimed the game “too repetitive” and some additional treats like the “Den Defense” doesn’t help either.
This is what they said according to Wikipedia:
|Official PlayStation Magazine(UK)||9/10|
|Official Xbox Magazine||8.5/10|
Assasssin’s Creed: Revelations has received generally favorable reviews, with a score of 81% and 80% on Metacritic for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively.Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced during an earnings call on November 8, 2011, that pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations were “significantly higher” than figures for Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, yet the firm is still expecting a “double digit decline” in sales for Revelations compared to the other title.
IGN gave the game a rating of 8.5 out of 10, stating “This is the best Assassin’s Creed yet, even if that victory is claimed by an inch and not a mile. If you’ve been following the lives of Altair and Ezio this long, you owe it to yourself to see their last adventure.” 1UP gave the game a rating of B+, stating “While Revelationslacks that one supreme improvement or standout mechanic that defined AC2 and Brotherhood each, it’s still a damn fine sendoff for Altair and Ezio.”
Edge gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, saying that “unlike the elegant lead, who’s grey-haired but unbowed by the end of the adventure, Assassin’s Creed has been quietly compromised by age.” Eurogamer also gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, writing “where Brotherhood enhanced the thrill of being Ezio Auditore,Revelations distracts from it. Ezio may look old, but it’s the series itself that really shows its age.”
VideoGamer gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, stating “So, for the first time, a new Assassin’s Creed game is worse than its predecessor, the first time the short development period has had a noticeable impact on the game’s quality. It’s a game of nearlies and might-have-beens: summed up by the hookblade, a supposedly key new feature which in practice merely extends Ezio’s reach slightly, and allows him to glide down the occasional zipline.” GamePro also gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, saying that “at its core, this is the Assassin’s Creed we’ve grown to love in recent years, and it still serves as a pretty good time sink — plus, it’s a necessary bridge to next year’s already-announced follow-up. But obligation shouldn’t be the primary reason to play something, and sadly, that’s too often the case in this humdrum campaign.”
Game Informer gave the game a rating of 8.8 out of 10, writing “a number of new features have been attempted to make Revelations feel new and different from its predecessors. In that quest for broader variety and a unique identity from the earlier games, Revelations makes some missteps that are hard to ignore. However, the game offers more of what has been great about the franchise, and that should be enough to bring most fans to the table, even if it a poor starting point for new players.”GameTrailers also gave the game a rating of 8.8 out of 10, writing that “the engine is a bit long in the tooth and some of the content isn’t entirely worth exploring, but if you’re looking for an unforgettable top shelf action/adventure, heed the creed.”
Official Xbox Magazine gave the game a rating of 8.5 out of 10, stating “What’s available here remains as ridiculously appealing as ever. It’s still a thrill unique to the series to be perched six stories high, looking out across miles of meticulously rendered game world – even if that dazzling, danger-filled world has grown overly familiar, having traded what was once revolution for iterative evolution.” PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) gave the game a rating of 9 out of 10, stating “As a conclusion for Ezio’s chapter, Revelations proves an utterly brilliant swansong.”
If you’re a fan of the game, You will probably love this game. If not, don’t even bother buying it.
But enough of that. I just gave you some hints and winks on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
Time for the real Fish!
I wrote this email 4 days ago. 1 day after the release of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and 1 day after the Game Stop employees told me that they “ran out” of the Ultimate Edition of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations which was reserved to me.
To whom it may concern,I moved my pre-order from the Assassin’s Creed Revelations Signature Edition to the Assassin’s Creed Revelations Ultimate Edition for 79.99 at the northgate mall in Regina on October 19 1:50 pm to an employee namely Travis almost 13 hours after Arkham City’s midnight launch and when the employees of GameStop at Rochdale Regina found out of the Assassins Creed Revelations Ultimate Edition on their system. November 15, 2011, the day that Assassin’s Creed Revelations was released, I went to Northgate mall to pick it up but, They told me that they ”ran out” of the Ultimate edition and there was an ”error” that was made by the employee who moved it in the first place. They offered me the regular edition but I refused to accept because I have been waiting for this game a long time. They told me to move the money to some other game and I had no choice but to move it because they said no when I wanted to move the money to an Eb games card. I would would like to request a solution to this problem.
To double check, I called the Gamestop hotline and explained the situation to them. They told me that the District Manager will call me in a matter of 1-3 Business Days to rectify the situation. Its’ already been 3 days and not phone calls nor texts. I am starting to put my doubts on this Fiasco that has been deliberately wasting my time. I don’t want to be unfair but an error is not an excuse that will suffice this problem. 12:07 am Novermber 20, 2011. I humbly wait for this problem to be solve. Well 80 bucks and its very hard to get refunds especially if you traded games to them. I actually doubt that I would even get my Ultimate Edition and start playing and catching with the Professional League. Oh well. However, These employees can be greedy sometimes and deny your claims and lie in front of your faces. is it a problem? maybe…
I’m a gamer and I love video games than homework. Well, people have asking how many collector’s edition games that I have. Here you go:
But before that some of you will think that I’m spending too much but the thing is, I spend as minimal as possible to acquire these rare Collector’s Edition Games.
What is a Collector’s Edition? These are Games that have additional content in them ranging from maps to mini statues. Also, These editions were made in limited quantities and can sell a lot AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT OPEN THEM.
Note: All Currencies are in US Dollars. Tax not included
1St – Catherine “Love is Over Deluxe Edition”
Release on July 25th, 2011
Date Acquired: August 2, 2011 10:32 am
Original Price: 79.99
Price when Bought: 95.00
Current Worth: 117.00
2nd – Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel Premium Edition
Release on March 11th, 2011
Date Acquired: August 14th, 2011 5:13 pm
Original Price: 69.99
Price When Bought: 98.00
Current Worth: 170.oo
3rd – Disgaea 4 Premium Edition
Release on September 6th, 2011
Date Acquired: Sept 13th, 2011 5:12 pm
Original Price: 59.99
Price When Bought: 65.00
Current Worth: 140.oo
Release on February 22nd, 2011
Date Acquired: Sept 27th, 2011 4:30 pm
Original Price: 129.00
Price When Bought: 40.00
Current Worth: 69.99
5th Atelier Totori Premium Edition
Release on September 27th, 2011
Date Acquired: October 13, 2011 8:45 pm
Original Price: 59.99
Price When Bought: 69.99
Current Worth: 100.00
6th – Batman Arkham City Limited Edition
Release on October 18th, 2011
Date Acquired: October 28th, 2011 12:00 am
Original Price: 99.99
Price When Bought: 99.99
Current Worth: 150.00
7th – Uncharted 3 Collector’s Edition
Release on November 1st, 2011
Date Acquired:November 1st, 2011 12:10 pm
Original Price: 99.99
Price When Bought: 99.99
Current Worth: 150.00
What do you guys think? Is it worth it? Leave you comment below
At first, I was a little sceptical about this “Learning Project”, but this could be a very good learning experience. I was given approval by Dean Shareski himself to learn to play a video game that I am not good at. I chose Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood due to my sudden intrigue of its setting, Italia or Italy in English, the birth place of the Renaissance, and home of the of the most wonderful edifices such as the Roman Colosseum, not to mention Pizza lol. Just kidding. This is the Catalyst where I am going to post my progress as I “Unravel” the mysteries and secrets of this video game.
Ah yes! my learning project. a game we call Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. But not just yet! lol we need to see the review first to see if the game is worth playing.
What you need to know about the game:
Setting is in Rome, Italy. The “Boot” country and the home of pizza.
There are two Modes: Story Mode and Multiplayer.
Story Mode starts where Assassin’s Creed 2 left. It is solely single player, so no jumping to another player’s story mode and killing the crap out of them. Thanks a lot Demon’s Souls.
Multiplayer is a mode where you play as the enemy and training as a modern day via Animus, where you “fill in” the shoes of your chosen player where you are given an assassination contract and pursue your enemy while at the same time being pursued by others. It’s a massacre alright
here is a video review of Ign to get us all started, IGN:. Now that it is out of the picture, here is the collect reception of the game from wikipedia.org:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has been very well-received by critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 90.59% and 89/100, the PlayStation 3 version 90.06% and 90/100 and the PC version 88.40% and 88/100. It won best Action Adventure game in the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2010The game has also been nominated for 7 British Academy Video Games Awards in 2011, including Best Game. It won an award in the Action category, losing to Mass Effect 2 in the category for Best Game.
The multiplayer was heralded by many at E3 2010, where it was showcased for the first time. GameTrailers lauded it as the Best Multiplayer Game of the show.The multiplayer portion of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was generally well-received by critics. Game Informer gave the Brotherhood a 9.25/10, commenting that the ability to raise a group of followers was a significant enhancement to the previous title’s gameplay, and praising the new multiplayer mode as something never before seen. The magazine’s review also gave very high marks to the graphics, sound effects and voice acting.
Eurogamer praised everything about Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, giving it a 10/10, and particularly noted the maturity of the story: “One mission sees Ezio disrupting an assassination attempt in the ruins of the Roman Colosseum during a play about the death of Jesus Christ. It demands a developer of poise and compassion to wield such thorny concepts deftly, and it’s a measure of Ubisoft Montreal’s maturity that it is more than equal to the challenge…Brotherhood builds an intriguing mystery around compelling characters, surrounds them with collectibles and secrets, and encourages play – and nothing feels out of place.”
Reviews for the delayed PC version questioned the reason behind the delayed release date as the game was virtually unchanged from the console version albeit with better graphical enhancements and minor bonus content. However most praised Ubisoft‘s move to remove the DRM that marred the PC version of Assassin’s Creed II as well as include all DLC free of charge.