From Hours to Goals
CAS Coordinator Joshua Nelson said, “Originally the students had to meet a 150-hour target, and it was just used as a goal.” This created a system where students were focused on meeting the requirements. The new CAS system makes the students reflect on their experiences throughout their activity, not only in the end. These reflections can be done in diaries, Twitter, or any other way that presents themselves. Nelson said, “Now it meets more with the learning outcome and is more meaningful to students”.
When asked about the change, Junior Tiffany Khalife said, “Goal focused CAS hours are good because we don’t have to be measured in hours but on reflections and on personal experiences.” Senior Paulina Wunsch said,” It’s easier to achieve your goal, and it’s harder to fake the activities you do.”
The IB learner outcome includes seeking new challenges, working collaboratively with others and knowing personal areas for growth. The CAS hour system has always been there, but as Nelson said, “With this change, students will be more conscious of their actions.”
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