What is VACAF?!

What's VACAF? It's an acronym that stands for Visual Arts Coursework Authentication Form. (Those of you who either regularly visit the OCC or have an on-the-ball DP Coordinator will know about it). ***Not to be confused with VACAF camping holidays in France (CAF: ”Caisse d’Allocation Familiale“) PPF - That was Then There used to be a requirement for schools to submit a planning and progress form (PPF or to be precise 6/VAPPF) for each visual arts candidate whose work was selected for the IA sample. It’s ...

From Clouds to Desire (“Thematic Relationships” in your visual arts exhibition)

As I’m sure you are well aware, (if you are a 2nd year DP visual arts student) April is UPLOAD month. There are 3 separate deadline dates. The exhibition files upload deadline is April 20. I hope all goes smoothly. My students have already had their final year exhibitions and of course we are hoping that they all do well! We had many discussions about their exhibitions, strengths and weaknesses, and of course the assessment criteria. All of the students explored a number ...

how can CQ improve reflection?

I should state at the outset that I’m a firm believer in the concept of cultural intelligence (CQ) and for many years I have been following research and recommendations on this topic. David Livermore is one of many writers and educators whom I follow interestedly as he explores this facet of our brains and our behaviours. I read Livermore's books and I use his ideas in my workshops and training. [youtuber youtube='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMi7yhHjASQ'] I urge you too to be curious and to look more closely ...

legacies – to be collected (TBC)

If you're sitting for your May session IB exams then no doubt you're in the position of making final adjustments and preparations for your own "IB T0-Do List". Internal assessments? Done. TOK essay? Check. Extended essay? Thank God it's over? CAS Journals - TBC - To Be Collected? As you prepare your CAS journals, diaries, reflections or essays for collection by your CAS Coordinators I offer you 2 invitations. Firstly, I invite you to read an interview and report from IB Global News ...

One second everyday – reflection

Originally a reflection was a remark made after looking back on something or some event. One way to reflect and trigger memory is to use visualization techniques. In the IBO document "Creativity Action Service: Additional Guidance" (2012, page 9) there is a clear statement that "students are free to choose their own way of demonstrating evidence of reflection". This app made by Cesar Kuriyama might help you to visualize and summarize, and in doing so demonstrate evidence of your 'looking back' at 18 ...

Reflection and critical thinking

When working on practical work I have found that the students get engrossed in what they are doing and forget to take a step back from their own work and the work of others, to take time to reflect, develop and grow. This entry will focus on how to create a process, through journal work and constructive criticism, to develop in-depth, meaningful reflection. At the moment my students are working closely with Stanislavsky and his six questions, along with many other ...

DOODLING in the Investigation Workbook?

7fx0QcHyrFk As we all know, Investigation Workbooks should function as working documents and support the student’s independent, informed investigation and studio practice. v-pyuaThp-c&feature=em-share_video_user They provide an opportunity for reflection and discovery and they play a key role in allowing ideas to take shape and grow. One of the ways that ideas might ‘take shape and grow’ is through doodling: there should be a balance between analytical and open-ended discussion, illustrating the student’s creative thinking - but creative thinking itself might be expressed through ...

sites & seeds

Plant a 'seed' of a CAS website on your school's web page. Nurture it with visuals, and keep it alive - updated - regularly. Water it with challenges and reflections. Fertilize it with good ideas. Cultivate the audience that reads it, contributes to it, and spreads the seed even further. Watch it grow. "In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which a future possibility of the living tree emerges." Dr. Peter Senge.  

“A tool kit for projects”

The arc of any project lends itself to close analysis. From the first step planning stage, through active experiential learning, then a culminating event or production, and, finally a reflection, the role of the teacher as mentor and facilitator is crucial. At each of these stages, CAS advisers and coordinators have special opportunities to witness and assist deep learning and they often need the right ‘tools’ and strategies to do so. The George Lucas Educational Foundation's edutopia has a tool kit that sets out ...

iCAS

We do a lot of reflection when we pray. I’m a Catholic and my elementary education occurred at St Catherine Laboure Primary School, in the parish of Gymea. I realize now that the good Sisters of St Joseph and the reverend Father Wilkinson had a lot to do with teaching me how to reflect. At the mature age of seven years old I was prepared for the sacrament of Confession. I was taught to reflect on when, and how, I had been ...