Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Status Updates and CAS reports


This week you will receive a CAS report.  It will be sent by email to your parents and you can find it on your CAS portfolio under documents.

CAS experiences

You will also see a a table like this.
It shows your experiences - the strand, the outcomes, number of reflections and status.  An experience only shows as complete when you have uploaded enough evidence and reflection, complete the CAS questions and received a supervisor review.  If you have no supervisor, it will be sent to me to complete.  All on-going experiences should be marked 'approved.'  If they are not, it could be because you have not filled in the details.


In addition to all the documentation required for normal experiences, a project must have the CAS stages document with evidence for each stage.


Your overall progress will show with an indicator.  It can be excellent, on track or concern.

    • Excellent: CAS project is completed. The student is up-to-date on all experiences with evidence and reflection. Most learning outcomes are covered and the student has experiences for all 3 strands.
    • On Track: The CAS project is well underway or nearly completed. The student is up-to-date on most experiences with evidence and reflection. Most learning outcomes are covered and the student has experiences for all 3 strands.
    • Concern: Little or no evidence or reflection for experiences or CAS project. Student is not up-to-date on many experiences.

Learning Outcomes

The final section shows the learning outcomes.  Remember that you must cover all 7 to get your IB Diploma.  Where you can see green bars - that means you have reflected or added evidence to support that outcome.  Yellow - means you have not as yet added any evidence or reflection to support the outcome but plan to do so.
If there is no line - that means you have not as yet planned an experience to cover that learning outcome.  Think about how you can do that next term!

You can see in this example that the student hasn't got any plans for learning outcomes 3 and 7.  The student has some evidence/reflection for learning outcomes 1, 4 and 5.  The student has planned to cover learning outcomes 2 and 6.

Summer CAS

Don't forget to contact me if you are thinking about doing some new CAS experience in the summer.  Most of the time I will be checking my emails.

Have a great summer!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Strength and Areas for Growth

Identify own strengths and areas for growth

Learning outcome one is the last one I will explain.  It is about working out what you are good at and the skills which you need to improve.  You might choose this for something like MUN.  Perhaps you are good at planning and organising but not so good at speaking in public.  Or when doing a sport.  You might have good skills in one area, but need to improve in another.  It is important that you explain this when you reflect.  
Remember when you reflect on an experience with this learning outcome that you must mention your strengths and the  areas you are trying to develop more.


Most projects should be nearing completion by now.  I know that a few of you have projects that will continue into next term - as long as they have started and the CAS stages document is up-to-date that is OK.  You must have a finish date before end of next term and evidence and reflections must be uploaded showing that it is nearly complete if you are to be registered for the IB Diploma.  Students without projects will not be eligible for the full Diploma.

Generation of reports

Next week your interim reports will be generated for CAS.  This will give an outline of what you have planned to do.  Completed outcomes only show if an experience is totally finished - others show as planned.  These will be sent to your parents by email and can be accessed under documents on your CAS portfolios.  At the end of grade 12, you will receive another report, with all your outcomes completed.  This will also include all your supervisor reviews and can be useful for applying for jobs, universities etc.  I spoke to one of our former grade 12s this week and she said that her experience with the school newspaper had helped her to get an internship so even if it feels that CAS is one more thing you have to do - it can be useful later on.

CAS in the summer

Remember it is possible to do CAS in the summer.  You must have evidence, reflections etc to show participation.  Check with me first if you are not sure if something qualifies - you  can send an email.  If you have a supervisor, make sure you get a review from them before finishing the experience.  It doesn't have to be on the CAS completion form - it can just be a letter.  Scan it and add it under reflections and evidence. 

Child Safety

If you are thinking of working with children over the summer (or any other time) please read the following guidelines.  This site also has some ideas about organisations you can contact to do volunteer work.  This is something that really falls under the learning outcome of 'recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions.'


Read more about this here

You can find more volunteer positions at www.volontarbyran.org

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Challenges

Demonstrating that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

Learning outcome 2 is about demonstrating that challenges have been undertaken and developing new skills.  This could be doing something that you have never done before or extending something that you are already doing. 
If you have been learning an instrument - the challenge could be to put on a concert or even do a performance for your class mates.
If you have been playing football - the challenge could be to coach a team.
If you go out running a challenge could be to enter a race/fun run.

Remember when you reflect on an experience with this learning outcome that you must mention the challenges and say how you developed new skills.  You need to do this to meet this learning outcome.

Keep checking - learning outcomes

In last week's post I mentioned the learning outcomes check.  Make sure you have planned to cover all 7.  I can see now that about 20 of you have fewer than 7 learning outcomes planned.  I will be speaking with you after exams to make sure that you have an idea of how you are going to meet all the learning outcomes.  You must be able to show evidence and reflection for every single learning outcome.  If you have checked it for an experience, but cannot show how you met it - that will not count.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Planning and Initiating

Demonstrate how to Plan and Initiate a CAS experience

For learning outcome 3 you need to show the planning that you have done for the experience.  This can be in the form of documents, timelines, emails, bookings etc.  This is not usually a good learning outcome to choose for established groups that you join unless you initiate a smaller activity as part of the group.  For example, you might be in the Nepal group and you decide to make a film about some aspect.  You could be in the Amnesty group and you lead the next campaign.  In this way you can show how you have planned and initiated a CAS experience.

What to check now!

CAS must be on-going for at least 18 months.  Check that you are on track with regular additions to your CAS portfolio and that you will meet the minimum requirements.  

Reflections and evidence
All experiences that are on-going for more than a term should have at least 2 detailed reflections per term,  as well as adequate evidence to show that you are participating.
All other shorter experiences should have reflection and adequate evidence.

Inadequate evidence or reflection can lead to deletion of the experience

Check Your Time lines

You need to have a time line that shows some CAS experience at all times for at least 18 months.  It is possible to have a 'break' in the summer, but make sure that you still have 18 months.  If your first experience started in September 2017, your line needs to go all the way to March 2019.  If you take a break over the summer, it should go to May 2019.  

You can see in this example that the student has nothing planned for after September 2018.   Remember that planning is not enough - you must also do it and have evidence of the participation.  If you say that you have planned to go to the gym between September 2017 and May 2019 but only have evidence for 10 visits in September and October 2018 - your timeline will be incorrect and you could find that be ineligible for the IB Diploma.

Check Your Learning Outcomes

Make sure you have covered each learning outcome and have evidence/reflection that shows how you did that. 

You can see that this student has no experience planned for 'global engagement.'  Now is a good time to look and see which learning outcomes you have not covered and work out what you can do to reach it.  Remember that clicking them is not enough - you must be able to prove that you reached each of the outcomes.

Check the Strands

You all know that  CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service.  You should have a balance of experiences across the 3 strands.  Check that you are actually doing what you have planned for each strand.  If you add something like drawing - it looks at if you have a creative experience, but if you never do any drawing you will not get an IB Diploma.

Summer experiences

It is absolutely OK to do experiences in the summer but remember to get evidence and a supervisor review before the end of the summer.  If you are unsure how to do this - send me an email before it is too late!  I will be checking my emails regularly in the summer.


Pride Festival : On the 4th of August , Stockholm has its annual Pride Parade and they need volunteers.   English or Swedish speaking.
They need volunteers between the 31st of July and the 5th of August.  See here for details.  If you need help applying as much of the information is in Swedish, please see me.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Commitment and Perseverance

Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences

Learning outcome 4 is about showing that you can start, continue, and follow through on an experience.  This is often suitable for physical activities, sport, exercise, going to the gym.
You need to have evidence to show that you have been regularly involved and active in the experience that you have chosen for this learning outcome. 

Evidence can be:
  • attendance statistics from gyms
  • class receipts
  • minutes from meetings
  • apps that record using GPS
  • photos
  • logs, etc.  
Anything that shows your regular participation.  If you have chosen this learning outcome, make sure that you keep good records for that experience.

Opportunities - for runners and volunteers

For all you runners out there, now is the time to sign up for the various runs in Stockholm.  This is peak season.  It is a good way to give yourself that extra push with your running and a great way to demonstrate your commitment and perseverance.  Many of the runs are also looking for volunteers to help.  Great way to do some service.

Here are just a few of them - see me if you need help to sign up.  Why not get a group of you together?

Park Run
When: Every Saturday at 9.30am
Where: Haga Park 
Distance: 5 km
You can register  at http://www.parkrun.se/haga/.  You only need to register once - then you can turn up every weekend if you like.
Volunteers needed - if you don't want to run but want to get outside and help you can volunteer by at hagahelpers@parkrun.com 

When: 1st May
Where: Danderyd
Distance: Between 5 and 10 km
You can register on the spot. More Information

Stockholm trail run
When:5th May
Where: Lill-Jansskogen
Distance: between 5 and 10 Km 

Kungsholmen Runt
When: 5th May
Where: Kungsholmen
Distance 10km and longer

Tough Viking 
When: 12 May and other dates in different locations later on
Where: Starts at Stadium
Distance: Unclear - but over rough terrain
Volunteers also required - information in English - you get a free ticket for another race 

Stockholm Marathon
When: 2 June
Where: Round the city
Distance: 42 km
You probably should have started training for this already - if you haven't you can aim for next year and good way to run off your stress after exams. 

These are just some of the ones coming up.  For a whole calendar of runs in 2018 see löparkalender
For biking events see cykellopp

A new idea for fund raising - sugar free!

I read about a class that decide that selling cookies in lots of packaging was bad for the environment.  Instead they decided to sell climate-compensation.  They asked people to buy trees for an organisation that has a foresting project in Panama.  They sold the 'trees' for 100 kr.  Sixty crowns went to buy the trees and 40kr to their collection.  The also sold solar cells in the same manner.  They managed to raise 8000kr for themselves as well as make a positive difference for the climate.  This shows that you do not need to give people something to make money.  Many people were happy to support the project just knowing that a tree would be planted somewhere. Each person who donated received a certificate.  You can read more about this in Swedish in Svenska Dagbladet

Svensk Afghanistankommittén
They are looking for helpers for their flea markets (loppis) at Hornstull on June 9th and Midsommarkransen on the 3rd June.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Working Together

Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively

This week the focus is on working together - learning outcome 5.  This is the learning outcome that you should have for your project as it must be a collaborative experience.  You can of course use it for other experiences where you are collaborating with others.  The important point is that you show evidence of working together and that you reflect on the skills required to do this successfully and the the benefits of collaboration.
Evidence can be:
  • planning documents with the different roles each person takes
  • pictures
  • schedules
  • recordings
Reflection can include:
  • problems you encountered with others
  • ways that you learnt from others
  • what you learnt from others
  • adjustments you made for the group
  • comments on group dynamics
It is important that if you have chosen this outcome for an experience that it is clear there are other people involved and the roles everyone takes.  It should not just be about what you as an individual did but how the group worked.

Check your learning outcomes

Remember that you need to meet all the 7 learning outcomes by the end of the the DP.  You can check how many of them you have planned to cover in your CAS worksheet.  You will see a graphic like this: 

The ones with green numbers are the ones that you have already clicked when you have added evidence and reflections.  The ones with yellow are planned but you have not yet added any evidence or reflection that relates to them.  If you do do have a green or yellow number, it means you do not have any experiences that relate to that leaning outcome.  You must have all 7 covered.  You will be asked to show how you reached them towards the end of grade 12 so make sure that you have evidence and reflection that demonstrates each outcome.


Red Cross Shop
Red Cross is looking for volunteers to work in its shop on Dalagatan (near Odenplan).  If you are interested in this you can ask Sumheda about her experience at Red Cross.  You do not need to speak Swedish.   Ask me if you need help applying.

Help promote a classical music festival
An organisation called O/Modernt is looking for people to help put up posters and give out programmes for a festival to be held in June at Ulriksdal Slott.  

Film Makers
A recycling festival at Hornstull is looking for people to record the event and edit a film to be used on social media.  The festival is on the 27th May.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Demonstrating Engagement with Issues of Global Significance

This is the second of my posts about the learning outcomes.  This week it is about learning outcome 6.

Engaging with issues of global significance

In order to meet learning outcome 6 - you need to:
be able to identify and demonstrate your understanding of global issues, make responsible decisions and take appropriate action in response to an issue locally, nationally or internationally.

Global issues can involve people, animals or the environment.  It is not hard to find something that involves a global issue.  The important aspect of this is to recognise the issue and show how you have engaged.  For example: if you have played football with refugees - you have engaged with the issue of migration and displacement as well as health and well being.  You need to explain how this activity helped the people involved.  Explain how you worked with people who have been forced to leave their homes because of the living situation in their country and the struggles that they face in a new country.  If you don't know - it is important to find out.  You cannot engage with an issue if you know nothing about it.

Ways to engage with some issues

Go for a walk with a pensioner
An elderly care facility in Sabbatsberg (near Vasa Park, Odenplan) is looking for people who can go for a walk with some of the people who live there.  Information is in Swedish so if you need help with the language find a Swedish speaker or see me.  Read about it here.

Help record linguistic diversity
Lingscape is a citizen science project about language.  It is asking people worldwide to collect photos of signs - monolingual and multilingual.
Lingscape is an app for researching such linguistic landscapes all over the world. Therefore we collect photos of signs and lettering on an interactive map.
You just download an app and head of to take photos of signs.  The idea is to map linguistic diversity!
Easy to do and a great way to get involved in a project that involves people from all over the world as well as contribute to knowledge about language and its uses.

Help record noise levels
Noise pollution is a problem for many people.  If you are interested in a global project mapping and comparing noise levels around the world.  You use an app and upload the recordings.  Click here for more details and interesting reading about noise and stress.

Stockholm Film Festival Junior
It starts next week but they seem to still be looking for volunteers. More information

Help needed at the Red Cross shop on Kungsholmen
Information in Swedish but you do not need to speak Swedish - we have had other students help out in Red Cross shops without speaking Swedish.  More information

Doctors without borders (you need to speak Swedish)
Administrative help required during the summer but you need to speak Swedish - information here

Just now there are a lot of opportunities on volontärbyran.  If you are looking for something and need help come and see me.