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Pegah’s C.A.S. Log and Reflections (Minor)

About this Post Minor Creativity
For the sake of simplicity and ease, I have decided to create two HTML code layouts to use for all of my C.A.S. reflections. This is the second of the two: on it are the reflections for all of my minor C.A.S. commitments. The previous has all of my major C.A.S. reflections.
During the time I’ve spent in the art room, I’ve learned that it’s important to understand that not everybody will have the same skill level that I do in the arts. For example, some of the projects I’ve been assigned in class are too easy for me, but for others they are a challenge. This is important for me to know, as it will keep me from complaining about assignments. If I understand and respect everyone’s abilities, as well as my own, I will be able to complete tasks with peace of mind.
Minor Action Minor Service
So far in lessons, I have learned that I will only advance if I push myself, practice, and always abide by the instructor’s teachings. For example, I have not yet mastered the “snow-plow” stop on the ice. My instructor pointed out that my left leg/foot is dominant, and that in order to master this stop, I must focus on using both of my legs/feet equally. I will only achieve this with more practice and pushing myself to use that right leg more even if I stumble/fall momentarily.
I have chosen to change my minor service commitment to the Quest Food Exchange trip we took as an advising class. I value this trip because it has allowed me to see people’s true cooperative and loving nature in the service of others. Having had an opportunity to see how people can help others really increased my faith in humanity; many of the world’s problems can be easily solved, like hunger. For example, Quest Food Exchange has consecrated time and energy into gathering unwanted (but usable) foods and selling them at a low price for those out of work, experiencing financial difficulties, etc.

MY-CAS eFOLIO PLAN G9

❀ MY-CAS eFOLIO PLAN ❀
Major Creativity Major Action Major Service
  • Commitment: Farsi Class
  • Categories: Creativity
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: New Skills
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Goals: my goal is to improve in reading and writing in Farsi, and to learn new words. I’d also like to be ranked #1 again.
  • Commitment: Horseback Riding
  • Categories: Action
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Exploration
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Goals: my goal is to learn at least how to canter without stirrups, and to become more comfortable with riding new horses.
  • Commitment: HeadsUP PeerAdvisors & MPS
  • Categories: Service
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: ‘Globalocal’ Impact
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Service Commitment Type: 2. School-based initiative
  • Goals: my goal is to become more comfortable with service work, as well as to make some kind of a difference in the school (i.e. motivate the student body to speak out their ideas).
Minor Creativity Minor Action Minor Service
  • Commitment: Open Art Room
  • Categories: Creativity
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Self-Awareness
  • Time Commitment (estimate): at the very least 2 days
  • Goals: my goal is to reflect upon and apply the skills that I have learned in my art class on Thursdays.
  • Commitment: Ice Skating
  • Categories: Action
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Self-Awareness/Commitment
  • Time Commitment (estimate): Approx. 4 months
  • Goals: my goal is to improve my skills in ice skating through trying new things. I’d also like to pass level 2 and to become more comfortable with doing crossovers.
  • Commitment: Backpack Drive
  • Categories: Service
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Ethics/’Globalocal’ Impact
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 day
  • Service Commitment Type: 1. Local Impact
  • Goals: my goal is to successfully follow through with the service commitment.
 

Pegah’s C.A.S. Log and Reflections (Major)

About this Post Major Creativity
For the sake of simplicity and ease, I have decided to create two HTML code layouts to use for all of my C.A.S. reflections. This is the first of the two: on it are the reflections for all of my major C.A.S. commitments. Another will be coming soon, and on it I will have all of my minor C.A.S. reflections.
Participating in weekly Farsi classes has taught me the significance of perseverance; I’ve learned to value hard work over natural talent. If I don’t complete the homework my teacher assigns or pay attention in class, I won’t progress as much as other students who do. Even if I have a natural talent in languages (in this case, Farsi), students who work harder than me will soon surpass my abilities in reading and writing if I don’t work as hard as them to reach my full potential. In short, this is my real-life experience of the Tortoise and the Hare. 😉
Major Action Major Service
So far in lessons, I have learned that it is critical to remain calm at all times so as not to allow fear to take over. I’ve learned that if a horse is acting out (whether or not I am on it), I must avoid feelings of nervousness and listen to the instructions I am given, so that I learn how to handle/control a frightened/excited horse. Letting a surge of fear rush over me would make the situation worse, as losing confidence would make me weak and frighten/excite the horse even more. It is important never to give up or allow fear to take over!
During the time I have spent as part of the HeadsUp PeerAdvisors group, I have learned a lot about planning and organizing various events. I have realized that for one to be successful in planning an event, one must have many connections with others in order to obtain the necessary materials for that event. For example, we planned to create pink toques to celebrate Pink Day. The person who ordered the toques had to know which websites to use, who to talk to about where to keep the toques, etc. I also have noticed that the number of social connections one must have depends on the event. For small events, it is easy to have only one or two people do the job. For larger events, entire groups of people are needed.

C/A/S/ Presentation Script

Good afternoon parents, teachers, and fellow students. My name is Pegah Abyaneh, and I am in eighth grade. Today I have prepared a presentation for you about my most valuable C/A/S/ experience: horseback riding. From the time I have spent with horses during my weekly lessons, I have learned numerous important life lessons.

First of all, I have learned that it is important to forget the past and to stay in the present moment. During one of my lessons, I refused to canter because I felt that the horse I was on had too much energy. I recalled the lesson where I was on a horse with excessive energy that wouldn’t listen to me, and remembered that I fell as I was cantering. With that memory, I held myself back when I really could have learned how to deal with an energetic horse. I now know that I should always listen to my instructor and never to hold myself back, because how will I ever learn if I’m constantly living the past?

Second of all, the other important lesson I have learned is that taking informed risks is critical. I’ve learned that if I’m assigned a horse I’ve never ridden before, I shouldn’t judge its behaviour based on what I’ve seen and/or heard, but rather I should try out the horse for myself and make my decision based on my experiences.

Third of all, I’ve also learned that everybody in a community should do their fair share of work; everybody in a community needs to do what is asked of them.

In conclusion, horseback riding has also given me the golden opportunity to develop as an IB learner. “Risk-taker”, “caring”, “principled”: these are just a few of the IB learner attributes that I have gained personal growth in. I hope that in the future, I will learn more fascinating life lessons and be of more assistance to this wonderfully caring community so dear to me that I am so very fortunate to be a part of. Thank you.

C/A/S/ Photo

This is a photo of myself and the school horse I was riding, Persia.

This is a photo of myself and the school horse I was riding, Persia.

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 6

This brief reflection will be on my minor action commitment, the grade 8-9 girls basketball B-team at Mulgrave. This commitment was formerly ice skating lessons, but as I chose not to do ice skating this year, it has been changed to basketball. What I have learned from this experience is that working as a team an staying committed to tasks when working in a group is very important. This year, all the scheduled games were cancelled because players (including myself) were missing practice, sometimes without notice. As a result, there was no harmony between the team members, and we were unable to prepare for games.

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 3

I enjoyed going to Action 4 Esther because it gave me the opportunity to experience (to a lesser extent) the problems occurring in developing areas of the world. It was nice to “walk in someone else’s shoes” and to view the world from the perspective of somebody going through the wars in Sierra Leone because it allowed me to understand the importance of education. I loved seeing that people, such as Esther herself, are making such positive contributions to their societies despite the hardships they went through.

What I learned from this experience is it is important to understand the true value of education and family. I now know how fortunate I am to be going to an IB private school and to be living with my family in Canada. Having experienced what the children in Sierra Leone are experiencing opened my eyes and resulted me in learning that children my age are prohibited from having a proper childhood and are going through horrible things. Knowing this will encourage me to donate and to support Esther’s Echo.

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 2

Another important lesson that I have learned from my horseback riding lessons is that it is important to forget the past and to stay in the present moment. During one of my lessons, I refused to canter because I felt that the horse I was on had too much energy. I recalled the lesson where I was on a horse with excessive energy that wouldn’t listen to me, and remembered that he caused me to fall during canter. With that memory, I held myself back when I really could have learned how to deal with an energetic horse. I now know that I should always listen to my instructor and never to hold myself back, because how will I ever learn if I’m constantly living the past?

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 1

So far in lessons, I have learned that taking informed risks is important. I’ve learned that if I’m assigned a horse I’ve never ridden before, I shouldn’t judge its behaviour based on what I’ve seen and/or heard, but rather I should try out the horse for myself and make my decision based on my experiences. I’ve also learned that everybody in a community should do their fair share of work. Where I ride (at NSEC), it is asked of everybody that they give their horses a quick groom before and after riding, as well as cleaning their horse’s tack after the horse is back in its stall. However, it has come to my attention that some students choose not to groom their horses or clean the tack after lessons. If tack is not cleaned properly, it can get damaged over time. My take-away from this experience was that everybody in a community needs to do what is asked of them.

Final MY-CAS Reflection

Pegah successfully answered the following questions in detail and did a filmed presentation during her CAS Final Reflections:

  1. Which of the 8 Learning Outcomes did you find the most interesting and of the most relevance to you? (Self-awareness. Exploration. Planning and Initiative. Collaboration. Commitment. ‘Global /Local Impact. Ethics. New Skills.) <Explain why>
  2. Of the CAS activities you engaged in this year, which was your favourite and why?
  3. From which activity do you feel you learned the most? Why?
  4. Identify one activity in CAS you want to do next year (may be a new or repeated activity). Why?
  5. FINALLY, share one of your more valuable or important or significant CAS experiences from this year in a creative presentation to class. Please include some kind of media or performance to engage your peers.

Well done! Look forward to next year… Have a great summer!

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