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Work Experience 30 – My Final Assessment

 

Work experience 30 is like the high school version of the Field Experience on the ECS 100 class. I was placed on O.M. Irwin, and it was a very life-changing experience.

My name is Edgar Allan Dela Cruz and this is my report on work experience. I was placed on O.M Irwin middle school. Irwin is a public school under the Chinook school division whose goal is to give quality education to its students. Furthermore, the school aims to improve standards of education that will have a substantial impact to its students. This is my Final Assessment.

 

I chose this placement because of three things. First, my inability to drive prevented from having multiple workplaces which was also a benefit for me in the sense that I am not required to travel such distances to reach my workplace. Second, the moment that I realized that I was handling twelve and thirteen year-olds, I did not hesitate of choosing Irwin as a workplace. After seeing the student’s situations (Different learning curves, Immaturity, and lack of discipline), I contemplated and realized that I went through the same situation, but nobody corrected me and taught me proper etiquette. Then, I said to myself, now that I have opportunity, I shall seize the moment to rectify the wrongs that has been tormenting my soul for all life. To inspire, to motivate, to rectify – three words that wanted to burst out of my heart when I chose Irwin as a workplace. Third, I chose Irwin because I wanted to be a teacher. A teacher is a person who provides schooling for pupils and students. The role of teacher is often formal and ongoing, carried out by way of occupation or profession at a school or other place of formal education. However, I wanted to be teacher because I want to pass on the legacy of my former mentors to my future students. I want to tear down every barrier that hinders a student from learning. I believe that every student deserves the best that their respective teachers can offer. Also, I was fortunate enough to get a hold of the best teachers in the province right here in Swift Current, and my goal is reimburse my future students with all the wisdom and knowledge that I inherited from these magnificent edifices that is teachers that continuously respect and honor.

 

Irwin did not only meet my expectations, it’s exceeded them. Due to the rotation of classes every day, it gave a variety of activities and responsibilities that made my work experience such a memorable event in my life. I had different task everyday which ranges from tutoring math, to teaching individuals drama skills. Every day was a challenge that needs to be overcome, and I fought valiantly day by day to succeed and prevail. My expectations were excruciatingly high, but what I achieved was something more than I could have expected: Bonds! Bonds of everyone in Irwin including myself that will be treasured in the deepest fathoms of my soul for all eternity.

 

Throughout the duration of this course, I have learned a lot of skills from my Work Experience teacher, Mr. Biem. Mr. Biem has taught me the fundamentals and proper etiquette of being a teacher. His lessons ranged from Professionalism to Confidentiality. Furthermore, as I was learning under him, I learned that he has his own style of teaching and a different style of implanting discipline to his classes. I think that I am willing to take a different direction from what I have observed. That was also something that I learned, “Take another route”.

 

The program has helped me significantly. It gave me an idea of my career choice of being a teacher. Furthermore, it showed me a new perspective in life or should I rephrase as “You’re not in school anymore”. This program has led to my final decision of being a teacher in the near future. I will do my best to deliver “Whatever it takes”.

Online Gamer Identity

Last we on Ecmp355 we were talking about Digital Citizenship. I have already made my Online Identity for tech task and I just want to ad my Gaming ID. I play a PS3 and this is my Gamer ID. Feel free for you guys to comment and ask questions. Edgar_Allan

UofR Response

 

The UofR requires its applicants to make a response as a part of the application to be accepted on UofR. I always wanted to share this in the hopes that it would give an idea for those who are applying in the UofR or other universities that requires you to make a response. Note: I’m not entirely sure if this response contributed to my acceptance to UofR.

There are only two experiences in my life that made me to consider teaching as a career. My experiences with my Teacher Rene Guevarra and migrating here in North America.

 

First. Mr. Rene Guevarra. Mr. Rene Guevarra was a Highschool Math teacher at Proverbsville School Inc. In the Philippines. He is graduate of Accounting and pursued Education a few years later after realizing that Accounting was not his calling. He was my Math teacher for four years. He is not an ordinary teacher but rather an eccentric, flamboyant, smart, religious, and a loving teacher. He taught everything I needed to know in his Math classes. He encouraged and Inspired me despite the bullying that I suffered during those four years of highschool in the Philippines (2004-2008), and taught to manipulate math as if that it was an extension of my inner self. I wanted to teach because his passion for teaching was the whole definition of Altruism – the practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. He did not know me, yet he refuse to let that social barrier be a hindrance for his teachings to reach my heart. Compassion, Dedication, and Unselfish Love. With these lessons that I had inherited from a my teacher, I will stop at nothing to fulfill my dreams and be successful in anything and everything that I will venture in my life.

 

Finally, North America. I arrived in Canada on July 10th of 2009. Everything was new to me. Here in Canada, I felt things that I have never felt before I came here like being the new kid, being alone, facing racism, the white desolation (Snow), learning another culture, and trying to fit in. Honestly, I overcame those barriers and difficulties in a few months due to strong Faith, drama, choir, being involve in SLC, doing good on my math classes and just being myself. I am aware that adjusting into something completely different is difficult, but I want to change that. I want to be a teacher because I believe that “everyone is equal and unique in diverse ways”- No barriers, no chains, and no shackles. Also, Now that I have seen The East and The West’s perspectives of the world, I am clearly enlightened to become a teacher and no one can stop me in achieving my goals because I have overcome hardships and problems before, and “If I want something, I make it happen” – Marcia Maclean.

Tech Task #8: The Spirit of Sharing

Last Tuesday on ECMP 355, we were joined by Alex Couros, and were given a very valuable lecture by Dean Shareski.

Our Tech Task is to put a widget(s) that allows us to share. Well, I chose these Widgets.

YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005, on which users can upload, share and view videos. I use youtube as catalyst for video presentations that I have to  broadcast and share across the world in an attempt that the videos that i uppload and share may reach out to someone who needs an example or information that my videos will be able to offer.

Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community that was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. i chose this one because it is very effective and efficient when it comes to sharing photos and content. I upload my pictures in it and it automatically displays it to my blog.

Kijiji is a centralized network of online urban communities for posting local online classified advertisements.It not really a widget but, I sell items in my link that can shared to anyone interested in buying the stuff that I sell.

Collector’s Edition Video Games: Treasures of the Video Game Industry

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

Unboxing:

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

Unboxing:

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

Unboxing:

4th –  Killzone 3 Helghast Edition

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

Unboxing:

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

Unboxing:

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

Unboxing:

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

Unboxing:


What do you  guys think? Is it worth it? Leave you comment below

Tech Task# 7 – Educational Gaming

“Find and play an educational game. Write a short review on it. Consider Sylvia’s perspectives and your own as your write.”

Well I’m gamer and I love Math as well so I choose a very interesting game that suits my skills and gives me a challenges at the same time.

This game is called Baloon Invaders, a game that challenges your mathematical ability and at the same time challenges your finger dexterity.

In this game you play a person whose mission is to save the world from balloons with numbers on it? too serious? yeah that’s not it lol.

This game’s main purpose is to train you on memorizing either multiplication or division. But wait, there is a catch. this is where the core gameplay pops in.

you are given a a multiplication or a division question and you need to pop the balloon that corresponds to the question. pretty easy right? Here’s a bigger catch.

The balloons move sideways until they fall to you, so if you pop the wrong balloon, you lose a chance to get the question that the balloon has. furthermore hit 2 balloons and the game ends.

This game not only challenges your mathematical ability but you finger dexterity as well. This game actually reminds me of Galaga

This game is good practising multiplication and division but noticed that there technical issues and bugs that I noticed while playing it. However, this game can  also prove to be very useful when you’re training to think faster and give your fingers more dexterity for writing on your pc.

I am giving it an 9/10 because this game its not for the likes of everyone but if you want you’re a math person like me or just want something different for change, then this game is definitely for you.

Tech Task #6: Global Classroom Response

Write a blog post about this session. Include some ideas and links you found interesting. Discuss ways you might incorporate these ideas into your classroom.

Last Week, our class had the opportunity to have a session with Silvia Tolisano as a guest speaker. She talked about Global Learning and shared techniques students and classrooms around the world are learning with each other. I found her lecture very interesting because this was a different perspective in what I am used to do with technology.  She showed many ways and examples on how we can connect with people from different parts of the world. I pinpointed two examples from her lecture that really stood out among the rest:

1. Teddy Bears Around the World – Is a program that Silvia Tolisano put together. This program will enable her students to see each other’s countries, customs and traditions through the eyes of our “teddy bears” and open their horizons through a more global perspective. I personally think that this idea amazing. However,  it aims to capture younger students in the program with having the portrayal of Teddy Bears as being friendly.

2. Around the World with 80 Schools – Is also a challenge that Silvia put together. The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype.  This challenge is very interesting  because it shows the another purpose of Skype; Online Teaching. So far, 600 teaches across the world have used this challenge to connect to other people across the world.

With these programs and people like Silvia Tolisano, Eliminating Global Illiteracy is within our grasp.

Teck Task # 5 – Life at the U of R

Here is my documentary, this is my version completely edited by me using the videos that Jeneane and I recorded in class, so her version is completely different and shorter than mine .you can check it out at her blog: Jeneane Kowalchuk

I invested my some time on this tech task, because this is no cake walk. With the help of a simple recorder, a digital camera, and Windows movie maker, I was able to put my desired output to such simple devices and applications. Well, this is my first time doing an edited video, So feel free to make some constructive criticism and comments.

Enjoy!

Learning is Ambiguous – Session 6

Learning is Ambiguous. You’re always unsure. You’ll never know where your learning will take you. There will always be obstacles, but when in doubt, know your way out.

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