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Transcript of CAS CREATIVITY ACTION SERVICE. IB Diploma Programme Hexagon.


  • IB Diploma Programme Hexagon



    if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must ACT.Peterson (2003)

    WHY CAS?

  • Nature of CAS

    Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.

    Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle

    Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student.

  • Arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking like the design and carrying out of service projects.Examples:Speech and debateModel United NationsWriting for school magazineDesigning a CAS websiteNew Horizons in Film EducationComenius Project productsTheatre performanceArt clubPhotography clubPaintingChoirRock band-


  • Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle:Individual sports Team sports Participation in expeditions

    Examples:Sports teamsDance clubOutdoor clubWorkout roomPersonal fitness programme- Horse riding

    Extension:Improving yours skills or passing it to othersAction

  • Involves interaction, such as building links with individuals or groups in the community. The community may be the school, the local district or it may exist on national and international levels.

    Essential that service activities have learning benefits for the student

    It is not only doing things FOR others but also doing things WITH others.

    Student must have real responsibilities

    Must be unpaid and voluntary, not for family

    Must not be mundane, repetitive activities

    The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected



  • Examples:Volunteering at an animal shelter, orphanage, childrens home, local hospitalHabitat for Humanity building houses for the disadvantegedComenius proejct Health organising events, doing research etc.Assisting the elderly, the handicapped, the immigrantsAssisting victims of natural disastersTeaching a language to peers or childrenPeer tutoring/Coaching younger childrenDesigning or constructing message boardsCreating and managing a CAS websiteEstablishing or coaching a teamStudent Council service projectsRaising funds for worthy causesEnvironment Protection ClubHuman Rights Club


  • Painting murals at a local hospital creativity, servicePublic speech creativity, serviceCommunity garbage clean-up action, serviceWorking with younger students on a play creativity, action, serviceRecycling- creativity (planning of the programme), action, serviceComenius project Health creativity, serviceOne activity may cover more than one category, in fact, these are often the best projects.Examples of combined activites

  • What is the Purpose of CAS?

    Reflective thinkers know their strengths and limitations and can set themselves goals for personal growth

    Willing to accept new challenges and new roles

    Aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment

    Active participants in sustained, collaborative projects

    Balanced enjoy a range of activities involving whole person

    To develop students who are:

  • Experiential Learning

  • You must plan your activity and state goals that you hope to achieve and outcomes you hope to meet

    All students should be involved in some CAS activities that they have initiated themselves. Students should own their CAS programme and be autonomous.

    Simple, mundane, one time tasks will not count - tasks must extend the student not merely be more of the same (more practice, more competition), youre either to achieve an even higher level of a given skill or undertake new roles

    Activities should vary in length and in the amount of commitment required from the student, but none should be trivial.

    Reflection must be real and meaningful

    Experiential learning

  • Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growthUndertaken new challengesPlanned and initiated activitiesWorked collaboratively with othersShown perseverance and commitment in their activitiesEngaged with issues of global importanceConsidered the ethical implications of their actionsDeveloped new skills

    As a result of their CAS experience, there must be evidence that a student has:Learning Outcomes

    All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS requirement.

  • by participating in:How will you successfully complete CAS?RealPurposeful NewVaried Outside-your-comfort-zoneChallenging

    activities, with significant outcomes

    by planning, reviewing progress, reflecting on outcomes and personal learning.

  • CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning.

    CAS provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme.

    CAS should be challenging and enjoyable and a personal journey of self-discovery.

    CAS helps realise students potential and develop a caring and compassionate attitude, respectful of other people emotions and feelings.

    CAS raises social, intercultural and environmental awareness and helps active citizenship

    How does CAS benefit me?

  • At the end of their CAS program, students should have completed approximately 150 hours with a reasonable balance between creativity, action and service. This means roughly 4 hours per week.CAS must take place throughout the two years (min. 18 months) with a balanced, regular commitment in the three areas.One long-term project involving teamwork that integrates two or more of creativity, action, service and is of significant duration is required.

    When and how much?

  • Just as important as hours, if not more so, is the attitude withwhich you approach your CAS activities, and the variety ofactivities since CAS emphasizes more on sharing your talents andworking together.Therefore: Do a mixture of activities in some try to limit yourself to about 20 hours while in other activities commit yourself for a longer period of time


    Ideally, at least two-thirds of your CAS requirement should be fulfilled by the start of DP2

  • Any class, activity, or project that is already part of the IB Diploma ProgrammeAny work or activity where the student is rewarded financially or with a gradeSimple, tedious, repetitive work (i.e. photocopying, shelving books, family duties)Any activity where there is no responsible adult present to supervise/evaluate the activityA passive pursuit (i.e. visiting a museum, attending a sporting event or concert, etc.) except when you follow up with a presentation/article of your ownReligious worship but work done by a religious group in the wider community is

    Thats not CAS!!!

  • public or private individual or shared objective or subjective written or oralWritten Reflection BookElectronic JournalingBlogsWebsiteArticles for the school magazineVideo/PowerPoint PresentationsElectronic Picture ScrapbookIllustrated displaysOral presentations to peers, parents or outsiders


  • Developing reflection

  • More reflective questions

    What you hoped to accomplish?How successful were you in achieving your goals? What were difficulties & how did you overcome them? What abilities, attitudes & values have you developed? How did this activity/project benefit others? What might you do differently next time to improve? Can you apply what you learned elsewhere?

  • CAS responsibilitiesStudents are required to:Selfreview at the beginning of their CAS experience and set personal goals for what they hope to achieve through their CAS programme

    Plan, do and reflect: plan activities, carry them out and reflect on what they have learned

    Undertake regular reviews and a final review with their CAS coordinator

    Take part in a range of activities, including at least one project, some of which they have initiated themselves

    Keep records of their activities and achievements, including a list of the principal activities undertaken

    Show evidence of achievement of the eight CAS learning outcomes

  • CAS Planning Worksheet

    Student Name: Student Signature:Date:Parent Signature:Date:

    Proposed ActivityWhat is the timeline?What are my goals?CAS

  • CAS: activity/project self-evaluation form

  • Learning Outcomes Form: Year 1/2

    Name of CAS Coordinator:CAS Coordinators Signature: Date:

    Learning OutcomeAchieved()Nature of EvidenceIncreased your awareness of your own strengths and areas for growthUndertaken new challengesPlanned and initiated activitiesWorked collaboratively with othersShown perseverance and commitment in their activitiesEngaged with issues of global importanceConsidered the ethical implications of their actionsDeveloped new skills

  • CAS LogStudent Signature:Date:Parent Signature:Date:

    Date(s)Activity Signature of supervisor with contact informationNo of Hours(approximate)CAS

  • Important CAS TerminologyCAS CoordinatorHandles the overall functioning of the CAS component for the IB Diploma Programme.CAS AdvisorProvides personal advice and support to individual students. Your home room tutors are CAS advisors.SupervisorAdult present when a student is completing their CAS activity. Completes a review of the students involvement in the CAS activity after it has been completed.

  • Questions?Consult:Creativity, action service guide in the libraryCAS student handbookCAS coordinator: [email protected] advisor: your home tutorIB Diploma Coordinator