Why CAS? Experiential learning has the potential to change your life. Required for IB Diploma, Required for Brent Diploma World’s Favorite Sport by Rama V, Flickr
How will you successfully complete CAS? By participating in new varied Challenging outside-your-comfort-zone significant and meaningful activities and reflecting deeply and seriously on these activities, you will demonstrate evidence of the 8 learning outcomes.
How will you be evaluated? Final interview 8 learning outcomes Yes or No
It’s not about the hours… veritum dies aperit by John Harvey, Flickr It’s not about hours…
Six Shooter Flood by Evan Leeson, Flickr Picture of beautiful horizon It’s about personal growth.
Learning Outcome 1 Students are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward. Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
Learning Outcome 2 A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one. As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area. Undertaken new challenges
Learning Outcome 3 Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student-led activities. Planned and initiated activities
Learning Outcome 4 Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action, and service is required. Worked collaboratively with others
Learning Outcome 5 At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of the activities. Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
Learning Outcome 6 Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly, education). This usually stems from some service project. Engaged with issues of global importance
Learning Outcome 7 Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity. You may encounter issues where you have to decide what is right and wrong about how you act, which volunteer opportunities you choose, the what are the consequences of those activities in the community and in the world. Considered the ethical implications of their actions
Learning Outcome 8 As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area. Developed new skills
In other words… You will have changed in a profound way as a result of CAS.
This will hopefully guide you toward activities that will be meaningful to your personal CAS experience. Due Aug. 6 Philippines after 2009 Typhoons IFRC, Flickr Step 1: Self-review
Step 2: Create your CAS plan. CAS plan is not set in stone but should get you to identify a variety of activities that you are interested. Amian at Mt. Pulagby kumo_no_ue, Flickr Due Aug.6
Step 3: Get approval with CAS proposal form, or through email. You may do this for summer activities before your CAS plan is completed.
Step 4: Create, Act, Serve! Get started doing CAS activities. Messages of Violence and Freedom by Angie Torres, Flickr
Step 5: Keep Records Write entries at least once a week. Planning entries Ongoing entries Reflection entries upon completion of activity (most substantial) Record time commitments/schedule of activities. Take photos.
What is CAS? Real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes Personal challenge – tasks must extend the student Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, and reporting Opportunity for reflection on outcomes and personal learning Nikka Again by Margolove, Flickr; Surf’s Up! By mrwhitepatch, Flickr
Other questions to ask Is the activity a new role for me? Is it a real task that I am going to undertake? Does it have real consequences for other people and for me? What do I hope to learn from getting involved? How can this activity benefit other people? How does this activity relate to the Learning Outcomes? How can I reflect on this activity? Have I found an adult supervisor yet? Snorkeling Mactanby Storm Crypt, Flickr; Philippines Public School by Moyer Photo, Flickr
And what is not CAS? Anything that is already part of the student’s Diploma Program. An activity for which a student is personally rewarded either financially or with some other benefit (unless this benefit is passed on in full to a worthy cause). Simple, tedious, and repetitive work like collecting tickets or passing out programs. A passive activity – visiting a museum, watching a concert, or sports event. There must be INTERACTION and ACTIVITY.
Still not CAS? Religious devotion (i.e. going to church, saying prayers, serving at communion) Family duties – helping your little brother with homework, visiting your grandmother. Fund-raising with no clearly defined end in sight. An activity where there is no leader or responsible adult on site to evaluate and confirm student performance. (This may be negotiated on a case by case basis if student is able to otherwise prove successful completion of activity.)
Big image of scrapbook/journal A journal? Do Note, Conclusionby Paul Watson, Flickr
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.-Peter F. Drucker Reflection by ***Steph***, Flickr
Recording Guidelines Activity log Name of each activity Date of activity Type of activity (C/A/S) Supervisor’s name
Blog/Journal Entries Essay format Initial entries for each activity should include Clear statement of goals for the activity What do you fear? What are you unsure of? Ongoing entries are where you describe What happened Daily problems Daily successes
Self-Evaluation Reflective essay of no less than 150 words Must be typed Completed within 2 weeks of completion of activity Turned into CAS advisor
Reflective Questions What did I plan to do? What did I do? What were the outcomes, for me, the team I was working with, and others? The basics…
Reflective Questions How did I feel (before/during/after the activity)? What did I perceive/judge/make assumptions about? What did I think about the activity? What did the activity mean to me? What is the value of the activity to me, to others, to the community? What did I learn from the activity and how does this learning apply to a different situation, my future, life? Going deeper…