A ‘selfie’ – great examples of social service media

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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 ...

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 ...

“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

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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 ...

Empathy on a holiday? Three steps to show empathy, compassion & respect

The IB Learner Profile - "CARING - we show empathy, compassion & respect." Last Saturday as I sat in the departure terminal of Soekarno-Hatta, waiting for my flight to Singapore I reflected just how busy the airport was on this particular day. Logical reasons for this were that it was school holidays time. In addition, the fasting month had just commenced and the annual exodus of household help to their villages always means that many families move to a serviced hotel ...

CAS and History changes – are you ready?

The new CAS and History subject guides for students taking exams in 2017 have been released. For History there have been some substantial changes to the curriculum and assessment; whilst CAS has deemed to help try to deliver a more holistic Diploma. Are you aware of the changes and are you ready for them? Two of OSC’s expert IB bloggers, Steve Money and Alexis Mamaux, have identified these changes and have given clear overviews in their dedicated blogs. These articles promise ...

Your CAS Currency

In the newly published CAS Guide (2014) there are 5 stages identified that represent a process and a sequence that can assist you to set up a reliable and flexible structure to frame and build your CAS experiences. In the initial stage called Investigation you are invited to..... “identify your interests, skills and talents to be used in considering opportunities for CAS experiences, as well as areas for personal growth and development. You investigate what you want to do and determine the purpose ...