CAS information & reflection
The overarching intention of reflection in CAS includes the opportunity for students to:
• deepen learning
• consider relevance of experience
• explore personal and group values
• recognize the application of knowledge, skills, and attributes
• identify strengths and areas for development
• gain a greater understanding of self and others
• place experience in a larger context
• generate relevant ideas and questions
• consider improvements in individual and collective choices and actions
• transfer prior learning to new situations
• generate and receive constructive feedback
• develop the ongoing habit of thoughtful, reflective practice.
Elements of reflection
Reflection is a dynamic means for self-knowing, learning and decision-making. Four elements assist in the CAS reflective process. The first two elements form the foundation of reflection.
• Describing what happened: Students retell their memorable moments, identifying what was important or influential, what went well or was difficult, obstacles and successes. Reflection Creativity, activity, service guide 27
• Expressing feelings: Students articulate emotional responses to their experiences. The following two elements add greater depth and expand perspectives.
• Generating ideas: Rethinking or re-examining choices and actions increases awareness about self and situations.
• Asking questions: Questions about people, processes or issues prompt further thinking and ongoing inquiry
What did I do? could become:
• Why did I make this particular choice?
• How did this experience reflect my personal ideas and values?
• In what ways am I being challenged to think differently about myself and others?
How did I feel? could become:
• How did I feel about the challenges?
• What happened that prompted particular feelings?
• What choices might have resulted in different feelings and outcomes?
Time for reflection
Students choose significant moments as the basis for reflection, for example when:
– a moment of discovery is happening
– a skill is mastered
– a challenge is confronted
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– emotions are provoked
– achievement deserves celebration.
• Students reflect during or at the end of a CAS experience or series of CAS experiences, to identify important moments, discuss a possible learning outcome, recognize personal growth and achievements, and plan for their next CAS experience.
• Students engage in group reflection with their peers to discover shared insights.
• Students reflect at the beginning, during, and at the end of a series of CAS experiences. This enables students to deliberate on such elements as planning, opportunities, expectations, challenges, progress, and personal growth.
Other enquiry based questions
What did I contribute today?
How did I contribute?
How did I feel during a specific activity?
How does this programme make me feel about what I have back home?
How can I connect my learning on this programme with my learning at school?
What role have I taken?
How have I shown empathy?
What can I improve on?
How has someone supported me when I was feeling out of my confort zone?