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Reflections Vol. 5

Creativity, Activity, Service, or CAS, is one of three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the IB Diploma Program (IBDP). By the end of their two-year commitment, students experience each strand (creativity, activity, and service) while investigating authentic needs within their communities, collaborating with friends and organizations, developing new skills, and engaging in reflective practice.

At the heart of the CAS program is the act of reflection, which develops and strengthens an aptitude for learning. Through reflection, students examine the relevance of their experiences, apply the thoughts and ideas they garnered to different situations, consider the actions of others, remind themselves of how and what they learned, and consider deliberate ways to improve their individual and collective actions.

Reflective learners “thoughtfully consider the world and [their] own ideas and experience. [They] work to understand [their] strengths and weaknesses in order to support [their] learning and personal development.” (IB Learner Profile)