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The world’s largest lesson – carpe diem!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" ......Nelson Mandela A unique learning opportunity occurs starting week of September 18. It would be remiss of me, and negligent of us all, not to be aware of the potential outcomes of promoting and connecting our learning communities to this – the “World’s Largest Lesson” - as schools around the globe participate and challenge young people to consider what they can do to help in their own way, in ...

A ‘selfie’ – great examples of social service media

By Friday, September 9, 2016 , 0

One of the highlights of facilitating workshops is to encounter talented, humble and inspiring educators who are working in CAS. Two years I had the pleasure of working with Tricia Friedman in a CAS Cat 2 workshop in BIS. Not only did I discover her enthusiasm for the CAS structures and Learner Outcomes but I also learned of her own skills and expertise in harnessing social media that resonated with her students. Rightly so she’s been applauded and rewarded as an Apple ...

Bye, bye plastic bags (part 2) – “Work as a team. Define your goals. Walk the talk.”

"Students truly take ownership of a concept only by doing and experiencing it in practical terms. I believe international-mindedness is best taught by connecting with others around the globe or in the many different worlds to be found by stepping outside of accepted comfort zones in one’s back yard.” (Kris Kosaka, CAS Coordinator and teacher at Tamagawa Academy, Machida, Japan)  Some months ago I wrote a blog about the remarkable achievements of 2 young sisters who attend the Green School in Ubud (Bali) ...

Bye bye plastic bags

Transformational learning - changing habits and attitudes on a big scale The term transformational learning commonly emerges in CAS. Students can often cite moments and experiences wherein they have changed and in doing so they become lucidly aware of the need to change the behaviours and the attitudes of others. Teachers and parents are privileged to witness similar 'evolutions' in their classes and their children. Three years ago sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen were sitting in a class in the Green School in Ubud ...

In college applications – show kindness instead of overachieving

A recent report published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education spells good news for CAS students. Your CAS portfolios will have more currency and value in college applications. Called “Turning the Tide” the report reflects on the biases of the admissions process for US Colleges and urges a revolution therein. Richard Weissbourd is one of the directors of that school’s Making Caring Common project, which was responsible for producing the report. He also authored the research that was one of the triggers ...

Vale John Goodban – his CAS legacy.

By Monday, February 1, 2016 , , 0

News of John Goodban's passing reached me just prior to Christmas. He was a landmark character, forever associated in my mind with the IB. I first met John at a regional Asia Pacific Language B workshop in 1990. In that meeting John’s unique energy and zeal for the values and ideals of the IB were immediately obvious. I enjoyed listening to his tales of school authorisation visits, his visionary plans for expanding the IB into his area of administration and especially in China ...

A Simple and Beautiful Reminder

Last month I had the privilege of facilitating a workshop in Tokyo. Coincidentally this meant that I had a few days free to travel and explore Japan. Knowing that I would be in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb dropping, I had already made a travel plan to visit the city and to spend some time to try and gather more thoughts and impressions of this horrendous event. On my last day of the workshop I noticed on my desk ...

Sometimes you never know…

One of the most enduring lessons that I've taken from CAS is that the when, where, why, and how of students reach the 7 Learning Outcomes in experiential learning are very hard to predict. Similarly the applicability of the passions and skill-sets that are discovered and unleashed  in CAS don't always occur as you expect or anticipate. Consider these factors of relevance, sustainability, passion, and 'grit' as you read Bao Cao's CAS story. From a start in helping to organise soccer games, tournaments ...

“We need to harness Youthful Idealism”

I still remember the context of this ‘resource’. As I was entering the room for our weekly HS Leadership meeting at JIS (Jakarta Intercultural School), the Departmental Head of HS Science handed me an article from The International Herald Tribune Opinion pages. “Here Steve, you should read this,” Bill said with a smile. Of course I immediately did so and I paid little attention to agenda nor the meeting that got underway. Thanks to Bill I have been using this ‘resource’ in my CAS workshops ...

Global Citizenship

By Thursday, August 6, 2015 No tags 0

Global citizenship education is a sociological experiment. Most schools promise to create global citizens or global leaders, but what kind of global citizen do we want to create? It's a blurred utopian vision. Do we want future citizens who feel a moral responsibility to respond to global crises or do we want to encourage a powerful global elite? The philosophy of cosmopolitanism underlies theories of global citizenship. Cosmopolitanism is the ability to balance a local and global identity. A cosmopolitan individual engages meaningfully ...

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