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Final CAS Reflection

DP-CAS eFOLIO YEAR-END REFLECTIONS

Student Name: Lauren Forster  Grade/ Advisor Group: Diana Ferreira

DP G12 YEAR-END CAS eFOLIO REFLECTION

6 Reflection Prompts Notes
OUTCOMES: Which of the 8 Learning Outcomes did you find the most interesting or relevant to you/your experiences? Why? For me, self-awareness is the most relevant learning outcome. Not because it dominated my commitments over the other learning outcomes, although it did have a large impact, but rather because I feel each other learning outcome resulted in further awareness of myself. Whether my commitments be global or local, new interests or developments on existing ones, they all culminated in extending my self-knowledge and awareness of what I like and dislike. Furthermore my personal awareness of other skills was developed as well, such as insight into how I work with teams versus how I work on my own, or how I do in leadership positions of various scales.
WOW: Greatest “take-aways”(From which activity/activities do you feel you learned the most? Why? ) Learning to knit was a useful take-away for me as it was a new experience, as was kickboxing. Duke of Edinburgh and being part of TEDxids were interesting as they presented completely unique challenges. However, I feel I truly learned the most from being a Senior Prefect. This stems from the “real world” nature of the team, as I feel the things I learned about leading a team and working with different demographics are easily applicable to my life post-graduation and my professional life.
HOW: Questions that have emerged for you I wonder how my experiences with the DP CAS program will affect my life post-graduation. I am curious about whether I will be able to continue some of my commitments in university, such as choir and kickboxing.
NOW: What next? How will you follow-up? Next step(s)? While I may be unable to continue some of the less accessible commitments, I plan to use the techniques and skills I learned in other areas of my life. I plan to use the ideals instilled in me by CAS to continue to balance my life through academics, creativity, action and service.
SHARE: 1 excerpt, post or artifact related to a CAS experience DSC_0647-2cj9a5v This is a photo of me and my Duke of Edinburgh group on our Gold Level trip in June. Despite my trepidation that has always surrounded the idea of being isolated away from civilization, this program was a major highlight of my high school and CAS experience. I think of it as the turning point at which I became more open to my other CAS commitments, and past that my high school life as a whole.
SO WHAT: Now that it’s over, do you see any value in this CAS eFolio thing? At times, CAS seemed like a burden with no purpose. Any DP student can tell you about the stress of keeping up with CAS commitments while balancing our already hectic academic schedule, and fitting in a social life to keep us sane and ease our stress. However, when finishing the program, I do realize how beneficial the CAS program really was to my personal and academic life. It not only provided me with an outlet to pour my energy into as a break from school, and allowed me to meet people I never would have encountered otherwise, but furthermore instilled in me ideals that I have incorporated into the way I live. Action commitments, for example, were never something I was very interested in. Sports and exercise seemed like a waste of time to me which I could be spending reading or working on something creative, regardless of the clear health benefits they provide. After being encouraged by the CAS program to incorporate these kind of commitments into my life, I can say I’m now used to them and appreciate them far better than I have before. It is these kind of small changes that I believe are the true value of the CAS program, as they impact not only my time in the DP but my life post-graduation and into the future.

Volunteering at Oppenheimer Park

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A picture of myself, Sarah Halldorson, and a homeless man who played guitar while we handed out goods to the homeless in East Vancouver. Dan, the guitarist, was more than happy to take a picture upon my request as we got him talking about his band.

The event took place Friday night, in which we packed empty cooking tins with toiletries, chocolate, and kleenex, and Saturday morning to afternoon.

On Saturday, (yesterday) we handed out the tins as well as oranges, cookies, clothing, a bunch of different sandwiches we made, and bags to a long line of homeless. I’m always surprised at how kind and polite they are, and it really makes me feel grateful for what I have. I love seeing how grateful they are and having conversations with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to.

DP Learning Outcome Goals

8 Learning Outcomes

How will your plan meet the 8 eFolio    Learning Outcomes

SELF-AWARENESS Reflect on what my interests are and how I can incorporate them into my school and personal life
EXPLORATION Explore new commitments and interests as well as furthering old ones
PLANNING   & INITIATIVE  Keep track of CAS commitments and stay organized with school work
COLLABORATION Work with others in class and within commitments
COMMITMENT Stay on track with commitments by attending meetings and keeping a log 
‘GLOBALOCAL’ IMPACT Focus on in school life as well as the global and local communities- and how I can impact them as an individual and as part of a group
ETHICS Reflect on morals throughout the year
NEW SKILLS Build up a skill base by learning new ones and continuing old ones

CAS Signatures

Final Reflection- CAS Learning Outcomes Experience

This year I met most of the CAS learning outcomes to my greatest extent. My first goal, with learning outcome Self-Awareness, was to remember to reflect every so often on my levels of commitment to school and out of school responsibilities. I believe I achieved this to a good extent, adding Green Team to my commitments this year and taking away Open Arts Studio to focus on what I care about. I could’ve done better on this one by taking more time to reflect, but I think for the workload I had I did fairly well.

With Exploration, my goal was to learn new things within commitments. For me, the biggest commitments I’ve learned from this year are Personal Project, (if that counts), choir, and Duke of Edinburgh. From all three I learned many new skills and traveled near and far to achieve new goals for myself. I think this was one of my more successful goals.

Planning and Initiative was an interesting  outcome to fulfill, with my goal being to stay organized throughout the year with schoolwork and other work. I think this was one of my less obvious outcomes, simply because for some parts of grade 10 I was very stressed and for some I wasn’t. I do believe, however, that I managed my time in and out of school effectively.

For the Collaboration learning outcome, I wanted to do projects for commitments both in groups and by myself. I’m more unsure about the level of achievement on this outcome than any other, mainly because the commitments I’m in were more small things than big projects. I can, however, say that I did achieve this outcome as I can think of some projects that I did by myself and some with others. For instance, the Banff choir trip was mostly collaboration with all choir members for the entirety of that trip, including clinics and performances. However in yearbook, for example, I did all of the photography myself and that was a big year long solo project.

My Commitment goal was to keep up with all of my commitments by going to all group meetings. I achieved this mainly through one of my major service commitments, Green Team. Having a meeting virtually every week was good for me as it became habit and helped me to commit to the team even more.

For Globalocal Impact, my goal was to develop ideas focused on global issues rather than only school based. I achieved this by reading more newspapers and watching some news, as well as having discussions with my friends and teachers about whats going on in the world. This was mostly in Social Studies class with Mr. Hardy and ACE with Mr. Wilson.

My Ethics goal was to remember to ask myself if what I’m doing is right for me within commitments and within my life. I liked the outcome of this goal so much that I think I may use it next year as well, when I begin IB. This idea of doing things that I enjoy in order to organize my life helped me sort out my priorities and keep my commitments in the back of my mind all the time, throughout the year.

The last outcome, New Skills, had a goal that was more straightforward than the others. I wanted to learn new skills by constantly challenging myself within commitments and my life, which I achieved by doing just that. From learning how to sail in Duke of Edinburgh to learning new chords on the guitar, I believe that I learned more this year than I have perhaps ever before in a year. This was probably my most thoroughly achieved goal this year.

CAS Plan

# Core Commitments Category     Local/global/group/school
(for service only)
1 Personal   Project Creativity    
2 Soccer Action    
3 Yearbook   Service   School/group
4 WVCC Volunteering Service   Local/group
5 Green Team Service   School/local/group (global ideas)

 

# Other Commitments Category
  Local/global/group/school
(for service only)
1 Yoga Action    
2 Choir Creativity    
3 Duke of   Edinburgh? Action    

 

– Stay on track with DPA and school activities (in order to stay on track with commitments)

– Keep up with recordings of action and service for Duke of Edinburgh (so as not to get off track)

– Go to meetings for every commitment (Green Team, DOE, Yearbook, Personal Project)

– Remember to balance Personal Project especially with school work

– Keep up with WVCC volunteering (remember weekly workshops and special events)

– Stay open minded to each commitment (don’t be afraid to take on new commitments/try new things within the club)

– Steadily improve in skills such as soccer and choir through the year

– Be active in each group (don’t just be there, actually contribute)

 

8 Learning Outcomes

How will your plan meet the 8 eFolio    Learning Outcomes

SELF-AWARENESS Remember   to reflect every so often on level of commitment etc. to school and out of   school commitments
EXPLORATION Learn   new things within commitments
PLANNING   & INITIATIVE Stay   organized throughout the year with schoolwork and other work
COLLABORATION Do   projects for commitments both in groups and by myself
COMMITMENT Keep up   with all commitments by going to all meetings
‘GLOBALOCAL’   IMPACT Develop   ideas focused on more global issues than just school based 
ETHICS Remember   to ask myself if what I’m doing is right for me within commitments etc.
NEW   SKILLS Learn   new skills by constantly challenging myself within commitments etc.

 

 

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