Introduction to CAS for ENG3UW classes

Introduction to CAS
“Unless this is done then an IB education
will result in producing graduates who
know a great deal but who do not care or
act on what they know.”
The Nature of CAS
• Creativity: arts, and other experiences that
involve creative thinking.
• Action: physical exertion contributing to a
healthy lifestyle, complementing academic
work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.
• Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange
that has a learning benefit for the student.
The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those
involved are respected.
• CAS must begin in September of Year 1 (11)
• CAS must continue for at least 18 months
• At CHCI, your CAS portfolio is due on March 1st
of Year 2 (12)
• Grade 9 and 10 activities are encouraged, but
you will not provide evidence or reflect
formally on those activities.
IB Learner Profile
Learning Outcomes
• In order to complete CAS, the school must
determine if the Learning Outcomes have
been achieved.
• Therefore, in your CAS experience, particularly
in your reflections, you must provide evidence
that the outcomes have been achieved.
Learning Outcomes
• Increased awareness of strengths/areas for
• Undertaken new challenges
• Planned and initiated activities
• Worked collaboratively with others
• Shown perseverance and commitment
• Engaged with issues of global importance
• Considered the ethical implications of their
• Developed new skills
Learning Outcomes
• All eight outcomes must be present for a
student to complete the CAS requirement.
Some may be demonstrated many times, in a
variety of activities, but completion requires
only that there is some evidence for every
• So what qualifies as evidence?
Evidence of Learning Outcomes
Written reflections
Photos with captions
Brochures with explanation
Photo journals
Facebook page
+ many more!
Thank you letter
Product created through the activity
Chart showing goal setting and achievement
Audio recording
How much is enough?
• Guidelines:
“Approximately the equivalent of half a day per
school week, 3 to 4 hours per week, or
approximately 150 hours in total, with a
reasonable balance between creativity, action
and service. Hour counting is not encouraged.”
How to begin?
• Check out the CAS pages on the CHCI website
CHCI’s CAS Guidelines
• Between June 1st of Grade 10 and September 15th of
Grade 11, you are expected to complete your
PLANNERSWhat do you PLAN to do to complete
CAS requirement?
• Signed by Co-ordinator by September 15th, grade 11
Following Through
• During grade 11 and grade 12, it is your
responsibility to follow through with your CAS
• Keep track of the activities in which you
• Complete diaries regularly: one for each activity.
• Reflect on each activity when you are done and
gather evidence of your participation.
• Summative Reflection: a one page reflection on
your CAS participation, done in Grade 12
immediately before turning in CAS portfolio.
What is NOT CAS?
Examples of activities which would be inappropriate are listed below:
any course or project for which you receive a grade in the IB Programme
any activity for which you receive financial compensation
doing simple, tedious and repetitive work, like returning library books to
the shelves or photocopying
working in an old people’s or children’s home when the student:
- has no idea how the home operates
- is just making sandwiches
- has no contact at all with the old people or children
- actually does no service for other people
a passive pursuit (such as a visit to a museum, theater, concert, sports
event, etc.)
all forms of duty with the family
work experience which only benefits the student
fund-raising with no clearly defined end in sight
religious devotion and any activity which can be interpreted as proselytizing
an activity where there is no leader or responsible adult on site to evaluate
and confirm student performance
activities which cause division amongst different groups in the community
any unplanned activity or sport
Responsibilities of the Student
Students are required to:
• Self-review at the beginning of their CAS experience and set
personal goal (PLANNERS)
• Plan, do and reflect over an 18 month period
• Undertake at least one interim review and final review with CAS
advisor (we will meet at least 3 times)
• Take part in a range of activities, including at least one project,
some of which they have initiated themselves, and one that
“crosses over” between two areas
• Keep records of their activities and achievements, including a list of
the principal activities undertaken (DIARIES)
• Show evidence of achievement of the eight CAS learning outcomes
• Turn in your CAS portfolio by March 1st of Year 2 (Grade 12)
What might a CAS Programme look
Volleyball Team
Arts Showcase
Shoebox Project
Dates/Time Period
-Sem 1 of grades 11 and 12
-16 weeks, 4 x week, 1.5 hrs each time
(practices and games)
-Sem 2 of grades 11 and 12
-12 weeks, 1.5 hrs per week (planning)
-4 weeks, 2 hrs practice each wk
-Leader of Publicity
-Performer (poetry reading)
-Dec. grades 11 and 12
-4 weeks, 1 hr. per week
Assistant Coach:
Community Soccer
-Spring and Summer of grade 11
-20 weeks, 2 hrs each week
(games and practices)
Guitar Lessons
-15 months, 1 hr lesson each week, .5 hrs
practice each week
-planning of and performance in Coffee
C/A/S ?
-photo/ reflection
-New skills
(leadership role)
-Planned and
-Awareness of
strengths and
-Issue of Global
-Ethical impl
-New Challenge
-Action and
-award/ reflection
-Creativity and
(leadership in
Coffee House)
-New Skills
-Planned and
• For OSSD, your CAS portfolio will be assessed
to determine a final Grade in GPP3OI.
• For the IB Diploma, the CAS portfolio will be
assessed as Complete or Incomplete—is their
evidence of the 8 learning outcomes and were
the activities sustained over the 18 month
period, balanced between the 3 areas?
• CAS is compulsory to receive IB Diploma.
Final Reminders
• Visit the CAS page under the IB tab to
complete your PLANNERS any time between
now and September 15th. Bring them down to
Guidance for my signature.
• Become familiar with the forms, get yourself a
binder and dividers, keep records!

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