Hello out there CAS Coordinators:
Recently my seniors have started giving me lame, lazy evidence and reflections for their activities. So I sent them this reminder:
Hi Seniors, I just want to clarify that I can’t approve CAS activities until you provide evidence/reflections that are acceptable to IB. Take a look at the CAS Quick Start Guide which can be found under the Files menu at the top of your ManageBac account. Look especially at 2 sections: “Reflection” and “Recording & Reporting.” This will give you some guidelines as to what IB expects when you provide evidence/reflections.
A photo, video, or link to a website is fine, but rarely is this sufficient on it’s own to explain how you met the learning outcomes you stated or the 5 big things IB is looking for from your evidence:
- What happened
- Why it happened
- How it happened
- What its value was
- What you learned from it
If you post a pic or video you will most likely need to provide some written commentary as well.
Remember: your evidence/reflections need to show:
- How you met the learning outcomes you stated you’d meet through the activity
- The 5 big things IB is looking for
So that was my message. We shall see if it has any effect on the quality of their evidence/reflections, but I thought it was a good idea to clarify for them what their evidence/reflections is supposed to show me. By the way, the CAS Quick Start Guide can be found on the Documents page of CAS Corner.
Anyways, I hope this helps somebody out there. Have a great year
A friend of mine, Aundrea Croft, Coordinator of Community Service & CAS at Lake Wales High School, was asking me to help her brainstorm ideas on how her students could develop truly meaningful reflections for their CAS activities. After many email exchanges, we decided that I had no useful ideas and that I was utterly no help to her. Haha.
So this brilliant young lady developed her own sample reflection (with explanations) on how each Learning Outcome was met. It is a really, REALLY good example for students on how they can show that they met the Learning Outcomes that they said they were going to meet through an activity. Aundrea even shows how students can meet the hardest Learning Outcome of all time, Learning Outcome #7: “Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Actions.”
Check it out on the documents page on this blog. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say it’s amazingly awesome
The following documents were removed from the Documents page at the request of the IBO. These documents are available at the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre). To access the OCC you’ll need a username and password which you can obtain from your IB Coordinator.
Handbook of Procedures 2011
IB Learner Profile
8 Learning Outcomes
Model Form A: CAS Progress Form
Model Form B: CAS Individual Student Completion Form
The CAS curriculum states: Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.
A very helpful guideline can be downloaded here thanks to Molly Peterson, Fairhope, Alabama USA: CAS Learning Outcome #7: consider the ethical implications