CAS Reflection – Illumination Inc


Me and three fellow Grade 11 students (Aahan Patel, Nidhi Grover, and Samiksha Bagadia) started a club called ‘Illumination Inc’, wherein we provide MYP students with practice and revision of different concepts in different subjects in order to help them prepare for the MYP eAssessment. I used collaboration skills and communication skills in helping the students learn concepts from Humanities. I used creativity and critical thinking as well in planning the curriculum and making presentations for the students. The purpose of choosing this CAS project is so that we can help our juniors perform better in their subjects of choice by passing on our secrets and tips to good performance in the eAssessment. We will be focusing on the issue of relatability in education, as we will be teaching students in a much more relatable and student-friendly manner.

Learning Outcomes:

LO 1: Identify their own strengths and develop areas for personal growth.
I achieved this LO by reflecting, assessing and tweaking my teaching style after each session, by identifying my strengths and weaknesses. For example, I identified that I am able to teach much better when I have lots of real-life examples in my PPTs. This realisation helped me improve my teaching style in general. Moreover, it helped me look at my strengths and weaknesses in the subject I was teaching as well, as I identified that I have very good conceptual clarity and real-life examples, but am often unable to make good marking schemes for the worksheets.

LO 3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.
The project required a lot of planning and coordination due to it being completely self-driven. It required coordination on many different levels, including between ourselves (while dividing subjects and planning curriculum), between us and the teachers (while seeking permission, distributing forms, creating classrooms, etcetera), and between us and our students (while planning mutually acceptable session timings and sending invites). Therefore, this project will definitely help me collaborate and plan events in the future.

LO4: Show commitment and perseverance in their CAS experience.
This project required a lot of commitment and perseverance, as lots of time had to be taken out on a weekly basis to plan activities, create and check worksheets, and make PPTs.

LO5: Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.
As stated above, this project required lots of collaboration and coordination on 3 ends. This was somewhat hard for me, as I tend to do better on my own, but this helped me hone my collaboration skills.

LO7: Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions.
This project required certain ethical choices and decisions, as I had to plan curriculum and presentations accurately, as giving them wrong/misleading information could affect their exams, and even their future. Therefore, this issue made me feel responsible for them.

LPs Displayed

Knowledgeable – I applied and used my knowledge, connecting it with issues of local and global significance, to create presentations to teach my students. 

Thinker – I used critical and creative thinking to create effective content and presentation for my students. 

Communicator – I communicated (both verbally during classes, and in writing during presentations) effectively to engage with the students and teach them concepts. 

Principled – I tried my best to teach the students fairly without bias, and didn’t deliberately withhold important concepts or information, and I also did not practise academic malpractice by completing their assignments for them.

Saumya Shah
Grade 11 Versatility- G12 Sangfroid

Evidence (screenshots from classes):

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