Creativity Action Service The Heart of the IB Programme

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Creativity
Action
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The Heart of the IB
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Hillsboro High School
Hillsboro, Oregon
The CAS Journal
• Your CAS Journal should be highly personalized. There
is no required way it must be formatted.
• It is, however, your way of demonstrating that you have
fulfilled the Learning Outcomes required. It becomes
the evidence you will submit to fulfill the CAS
Requirement to get the IB Diploma.
• It may be in pencil or pen
• it may be decorated or plain.
• As you proceed through your goals and project, you
should put the following in your journal:
The CAS Journal (cont)
• Contact information for goal and project mentors in the
community
• Communication (pasted in) from people with whom you
participate in activities
• Reflections on how goals and projects are going as well
as how they turned out, what difference you made, and
most importantly, how you changed
• Forms returned to you after approval
• Pictures or other artifacts of your progress and activities
• Your CAS Journal will be collected at the end of each
trimester and in the late spring before school dismisses
for verification purposes. Failure to meet these
deadlines can hinder good standing as a Diploma
Candidate.
Implementation Plan
Requirements:
Your Goals and Your Project
• Each year, you will be required to formulate four goals.
• These goals may be highly personal in nature such as
losing weight, being able to run a mile in under five
minutes, learning how to do laundry and iron clothes
without mom’s help, or learning a new language other
than the ones you have studied.
• The goals must have something to do with something
NEW to you.
• They may also – and at least one must – involve others.
• These goals also should reflect a balance of Creativity,
Action and Service.
Implementation Plan
Requirements:
Your Goals and Your Project
• In addition to the four goals a year, students must also
participate in ONE long term project that must
encompass the Learning Outcomes, as well as two of the
CAS aspects, Creativity, Action and Service and through
which the students demonstrates leadership.
• This project will be larger in scope than the goals and
incorporate other people working together. Thus, it
should seem like a “group” Personal Project.
• These projects should be ongoing so that they culminate
in the senior year.
What is the purpose of CAS?
• Involve students in new roles
• Develop a spirit of open-mindedness and
an appreciation for lifelong learning
• Challenge students to enhance their
personal growth
• Educate the whole person, not just the
mind
Creativity
• Artistic activities including
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music, dance, theatre, visual
arts
Designing and implementing
service projects
Examples:
– Addressing world hunger or
global health issues
– Organizing a peer tutoring
group in a neighborhood
– Planning and implementing an
activity to help middle
schoolers prepare for high
school
Action
• Participation in
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expeditions
Individual sports
Team sports
Physical activity
involved in carrying
out service projects
Service
• Building links with
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individuals or groups in the
school, community,
national, and international
level
Doing things for others
with others
Examples:
– Tutoring or mentoring
– Volunteering with community
organizations to help people
in need
– Working on a conservation
project
What Makes an Activity a CAS
Activity?
• You plan it in advance and
set a goal.
• You interact with others to
work toward the goal.
• You can reflect on your
progress during and after
the activity.
• You meet at least one of
the 8 learning outcomes.
Learning Outcomes
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Increase awareness of strengths and areas for growth
Undertake new challenges
Plan and initiate activities
Work collaboratively with others
Show perseverance and commitment in activities
Engage with issues of global importance
Consider ethical implications of your actions
Develop new skills
CAS is NOT:
• IBDP coursework
• Any activity for which the student receives
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payment or similar benefit
Tedious, repetitive work
Family duties
Religious devotion
Unsupervised by an adult
An activity that could cause division among
groups in the community
A passive pursuit
CAS Guiding Questions
• Is the activity a new role for me?
• Does it have real consequences for other
people and myself?
• What do I hope to learn from getting
involved?
• How can this activity benefit other people?
• On what can I reflect during this activity?
• What learning outcome will I achieve?
CAS Tips
• Enhance your Action and Creativity by
performing a related Service, such as coaching
younger students or volunteering to do an art
project at a senior center.
• Enhance your Service by adding Creativity when
you take on a role organizing a new dimension
of the service or creating a useful tool for the
service experience.
• Enhance your Service by adding Action, such as
clearing brush for hiking trails or picking up
trash from the shoreline.
CAS Expectations
• Approximately 150 hours
over junior and senior years
• Concurrency of learning –
sustained over 18 months;
beginning 1st day junior year
• 8 learning outcomes
• Collaborative project
• Portfolio w/ minimum 10
pieces of documentation
(reflection & evidence)
CAS Portfolio
• Professional look
• Needs to include:
– Summary of activities
– Approximate hours
– Reflections
– Evidence of activities
• Formal “presentation” in winter/spring
senior year
Build a CAS Portfolio
• Possible formats:
Scrap book
PhotoStory
Video
PowerPoint
Display board
Other
• Arrange by:
Activity
Learning Outcome
Creativity/Action/Service
Chronological
Other
Reflection Examples
• A paragraph about one of the learning outcomes
• What you hope to accomplish
• Difficulties you encountered and overcame
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(or why you did not overcome the difficulty yet)
What you learned about yourself and/or others
Abilities, attitudes, or values you developed
How someone helped you think about your learning
How the activity benefited others
How you would improve next time
How you can apply what you learned to other
situations
Evidence Examples
•Pictures
•Program with your name
•Registration or jersey from a race
•Postage receipt from donations sent oversees
•Emails sent to organization or supervisor
•Flier you developed or used
•Sport schedule
•Audio of music you played or directed
•Copy of slides from PowerPoint
What needs to be done?
Before Activity begins:
– Submit CAS Pre-Approval Form (we did this in the fall)
During Activity:
– Write reflections
– Gather evidence
– Submit copies of reflections and evidence
• Attach CAS coversheet indicating learning outcome
• Junior year: November, February, May
• Senior year: August, December, March
– Constantly update CAS Portfolio
Due Dates for Next Year
• Reflection and Evidence
– November junior year
– February junior year
– May junior year
• Portfolio Meeting
– Spring
– Portfolio complete with junior year activities
– Individual student meeting with CAS coordinator
CAS Coordinator
• Ms. Scott is usually in her office or the Theater
• Forms are available and should be submitted to file
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in the office.
You are invited to visit Ms. Scott or Mr. Sears
– During Spartan Time on Thursday’s
– After school by appointment
– For a quick chat between classes

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