My Journey of Discovery (of the World and Myself)
We live in a very busy world and very often do not have time to stop and reflect on what we have experienced, what we have learned. But the art of reflection is absolutely crucial for personal growth and for making good decisions in the future.
Reflections not only make us think about our actions, but also to develop thinking skills as we need to formulate what was good or bad, easy or challenging and why. Writing down the reflection supports our expression skills, which is equally important.
This is why every month, our students in Years 1-4 write one reflection from at least one activity they have done during that month. They record it in their Experience Book (Years 1-2), which very often becomes their personal diary, keeping what would otherwise be lost in their busy lives
Look here to see what the Experience Book looks like. See here some examples of PRE CAS BLOG (example 1, example 2, example 3, example 4, example 5).
To help students develop their whole personality is one of the main aims of our school.
The :more programme plays a crucial role in this as it offers many opportunities and challenges. The tutors play an important role in this process as they support each individual student during their time at ECP. The tutor not only advises a student regarding their academic progress, but also helps them to discover the whole potential every student has.
The tutor might advise what would be best to try, to explore, to keep on doing and through this continuous dialogue, students can find their best path for themselves. At the end of the school year, tutors write a holistic report about each student and reflect on how they have developed over the course of the year and what they have achieved both academically and personally.
The IB Programme is not only a demanding academic programme, but it also focuses on developing various skills. One of the skills that is seen as being very important is reflection. Students reflect on every area of their studies, but mainly on their CAS activities. Reflecting on the process of these activities helps students to gain as much as possible from each experience and to learn from their mistakes.
“ECP might not have taught us what I thought was needed for basic adult life, such as how to deal with banks, taxes, and rent, but it has taught us something much more valuable and that is self-reflection. Yes, we are all triggered by the word reflection, but part of the theme of evolution was to also self-reflect on how we have grown as a person.
Without self-reflection we would not have seen our mistakes in order to improve them; we would not have realised what we truly stand by – our values; and most importantly we wouldn’t have grown to be the mature selves we are today. Through self-reflection, we also learnt to challenge our prejudices and become more open-minded and respectful.“
IB Graduate quote