International Baccalaureate (IB) Creativity, activity, service - CAS
ITS Education Asia has a long history of supporting IB Diploma students in all areas of the syllabus. ITS students gain higher examination marks, better extended essay grades, and improved theory of knowledge marks. However, while the focus of the diploma is academic, the CAS component is important and we have a number of options you can undertake.
Creativity, activity, service (CAS ) is a mandatory core component of the IB Diploma Programme. It aims to provide a 'counterbalance' to the academic rigour of the educational programme. Before the 2010 examination there was a 150 hour requirement, with an approximately equal distribution of creativity, action, and service. However, from the 2010 examination and onwards the IB has abandoned the hours requirement for a new measuring system. This has been done for two reasons: first, to ensure that students engage in meaningful activities and, second, to decrease the amount of CAS fraud (i.e. claiming hours which have not been completed). Students are now expected to have two CAS activities for each CAS category and students need to prove that they are participating in CAS activities on a weekly basis (though not necessarily on all CAS categories each week). Moreover, students must have one CAS project which spans more than three months and bridges two CAS components e.g. creativity and service. Finally, one must prove that the CAS activities have resulted in the eight projected outcomes of the project (one CAS activity can have multiple outcomes).
The function of CAS is to allow IB schools the opportunity to "give students the means to learn through experience [and] how to take action in the service of others."
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives
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