“It’s a liberating experience because we did all that work…I feel good and proud.” “Freshmen are very lucky to start earlier than us!” “AWESOME. GREAT. SERIOUSLY REWARDING.” Personal Project THE coolest MYP Project ever! “I’m proud of how challenging this was…it makes you push yourself to do something out of your comfort zone and on our own time.
The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to: • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time • communicate effectively in a variety of situations • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments
The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to: Learning Intentions We are learning how to begin the Personal Project Process Success Criteria We'll know we're successful when we can... • select and appropriate topic and goal • connect the topic and goal to a logical global context • determine who would be the most effective supervisor & ask him/her • begin the process journal and creation of our design specification for our PP
Personal project objectives Objective A: Investigating • Define a clear goal and global context for the project, based on personal interests • Identify prior learning and subject-specific knowledge relevant to the project • Demonstrate research skills Make a list of things you’re interested in. What do you find yourself looking up? Daydreaming about? Watching YouTube videos on?
Personal project objectives Objective B: Planning • Develop criteria for the product/outcome • Plan and record the development process of the project • Demonstrate self-management skills • Connections to the Shark Tank: • Design specifications • Process Journal • Setting Goals & Achieving Balance
Personal project objectives Objective C: Taking action • Create a product/outcome in response to the goal, global context and criteria • Demonstrate communication and social skills • Demonstrate thinking skills Comfort Zone Courage Zone
Personal project objectives Objective D: Reflecting • Evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria • Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context • Reflect on their development as IB learners through the project
The supervisors’ responsibilities are to: • ensure the chosen MYP project topic satisfies appropriate legal and ethical standards with regard to health and safety, confidentiality, human rights, animal welfare and environmental issues • provide guidance to students in the process and completion of the project • confirm the authenticity of the work submitted • assess the MYP project using the criteria in this guide • participate in the standardization of assessment process established by the school • provide personal project grades to the MYP Coordinator to enter in IBIS (from 2016).
Students should receive information and guidance that includes: • guidelines about the MYP project • a timetable with deadlines • the assessment criteria for the project • advice on how to keep and use a process journal • the importance of personal analysis and reflection • formative feedback • requirements for academic honesty.
Students are expected to… • spend approximately 25 hours on their personal project. • This time includes: • meeting with supervisors • independent learning through research, planning, development and completion of the project • reporting of the project. If you start in June… mos. = 40 min /week (minimum)
These student-planned learning activities include: • deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what they already know, and discovering what they will need to know to complete the project • creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials, and recording developments of the project • making decisions, developing understandings and solving problems, communicating with their supervisor and others, and creating a product or developing an outcome • evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and their learning.