CAS Reflections

For the Class of 2017, IB has implemented changes in the CAS program. Please read through these CAS pages and the IB Manuel to ensure that you meet all requirements. Please see Mrs. Barnhouse if you have further questions.

Reflection is central to building a deep and rich experience in CAS. Developing a culture of reflection helps students recognize and understand how to be reflective as well as deciding the best methods and appropriate timing. Student learning is enhanced by reflection on choices and actions. This enables students to grow in their ability to explore skills, strengths, limitations and areas for further development.

Reflection leads to improved problem-solving, higher cognitive processes and greater depth of understanding in addition to exploring how CAS experiences may influence future possibilities.Reflection is a dynamic means for self-knowing, learning and decision-making. Four elements assist in the CAS reflective process. The first two elements form the foundation of reflection. Please use these elements and the learning outcomes you met in the CAS experience to create a well rounded reflection.

Describing what happened: Students retell their memorable moments, identifying what was important or influential, what went well or was difficult, obstacles and successes. Reflection Creativity, activity, service guide 27

Expressing feelings: Students articulate emotional responses to their experiences. The following two elements add greater depth and expand perspectives.

Generating ideas: Rethinking or re-examining choices and actions increases awareness about self and situations.

Asking questions: Questions about people, processes or issues prompt further thinking and ongoing inquiry.

Lastly:

  • A reflection is required for each activity.
  • Reflections should be written in manageBAC along with evidence of the activity (ie. photos, video, blog, etc.)
  • Should use the outcomes met in the activity into the reflection as well!

Reflections are to record changes, successes and challenges during the program. It is NOT meant to be merely a record of time spent and/or activities undertaken.