The personal project encourages students to practise and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP. The project offers many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to students’ individual needs. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student. Each student develops a personal project independently.
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 objectives of the personal project state the specific targets that are set for learning. They define what you will accomplish as a result of completing the personal project and relate directly to the assessment criteria provided by the IB.
Depending on the objective you should do the following:
Objective A – Investigating (Criterion A)
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( includes the selection of sources, their evaluation, as well as application of the sources)
Objective B – Planning (Criterion B)
develop criteria/specifications for the product/outcome
plan and record the development process of the project
demonstrate self-management skills
(The evidence of this should be found in the PP journal)
Objective C – Taking action (Criterion C)
create a product/outcome in response to the goal, global context and the criteria/ specifications ( the description of the process)
demonstrate thinking skills ( such as critical and creative thinking skills, etc.)
demonstrate communication and social skills
Objective D – Reflecting (Criterion D)
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.