Throughout your CAS program, you need to show that you have had real-life experiences involving IB’s 7 Learning Outcomes.
This might not sound so easy, especially when all the Learning Outcomes sound so BORING! But they really don’t have to be! Honestly!
So, here are the 7 Learning Outcomes and what they REALLY mean 😉
1 – Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth.
What it REALLY means: When you get out of your comfort zone, you learn stuff about yourself. For example, when you organised that event, were you patient with other people? If not, maybe you could try to improve. When you saw those homeless people, were you shocked? If yes, why? Could this help you improve your perception of the world?
3 – Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.
What it REALLY means: This one’s easy! When you are organizing your CAS events or activities, just make sure you note down how you organized, who you contacted and what the organizational process involved.
5 – Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.
What it REALLY means: Do team activities. Simple. One of the best and most fun parts of CAS is the team stuff. This can range from playing a new team sport to being involved in a play or volunteer group. When you work in a team you a stronger. Think of Lionel Messi – he is a footballing genius but without his team-mates he would be nothing.
7 – Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.
What it REALLY means: Your mum has been telling this since as long as you can remember and your teachers joined in a little later: THe things you do and the choices you make have consequences. Think about the CAS activities you are doing and how they effect others. Is what you are doing right or wrong? How?
2 – Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
What it REALLY means: What have you done to push yourself? What was unfamiliar about it? What skills do you think you developed?
4 – Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences.
What it REALLY means: You are not alone. All IB DP students area thinking the same thing – WHY do we have to do this when we have so much to do already? I know this sounds unbelievable now but you will benefit from it SO much in the future. Whatever happens, keep going! Do a little and often.
6 – Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.
What it REALLY means: There are so many global issues right now it’s hard to know which one to support most. Global warming, the refugee crisis, homelessness, cancer research? CAS Trips advice – pick one per year and think what you can do to help from where you are. Plan it, initiate it. do it. That’s CAS, folks!