2 Personal Project: What is it? •A creative, independent product of the student’s own initiative as the culmination of the MYP•The culmination of the student’s involvement with the 5 Areas of Interaction
3 What forms may it take?•An original work of art (eg. visual or performance) •A written piece of work on a specific topic (essay) •A piece of literary fiction (creative writing) •An original science experiment •An invention or specially designed object •The presentation of a plan for a business or community-based organization •A special event or development of a student or community organization
4 Aims of the Personal Project Allows students to •Demonstrate skill required to produce and present an extended piece of work •Engage in personal inquiry and reflection on a topic or issue of their choice •Focus on, and demonstrate an understanding of, the Areas of Interaction •Share their knowledge and opinions
5 Examples of Successful Projects Creating a picture book for young childrenAIDS information for teenagers and young adultsWriting a vegetarian recipe bookChoreographing a dance performanceCreating a travel guideDesigning and making clothes and accessoriesCreating books and games for the visually impairedDesigning a website for a zoo
6 Assessment: According to MYP Criteria Stage 1 (Introduction)Nominate supervisorState guiding questionKeep an ongoing logSubmit Project planAssessment criteria: A, GStage 2 (Product)Assessment criteria: B,C, D, GStage 3 (Process)Write up draft 1 with feedback.Final draftInternal assessmentCriteria: A-GExhibition
7 Assessment Criteria 4 Total 28 Criterion A: Planning and Development Criterion B: Collection of Information / ResourcesCriterion C: Choice and Application of TechniquesCriterion D: Analysis of InformationCriterion E: Organization of the Written WorkCriterion F: Analysis of Process and OutcomeCriterion G: Personal Engagement and AttitudeTotal28
8 Developing the Project Select the topicChoose supervisorDefine guiding questionPlanningGathering the necessary informationOrganization and productionPresentationEvaluation
9 What drives the project? -Guiding Questions- Are complex & have multiple legitimate answersLead us to ask more questions about the topicGuide students to deeper levels of thought & discoveryMake a connection between the subject matter & world issuesCannot be easily referencedOften tap into a “universal” question
10 Examples of Guiding Questions/ Areas of Interaction •What are rights and responsibilities of people in a community? (Community & Service) •Does travel open people’s minds or reinforce prejudice? (Approaches to Learning) •Why do people make monuments? (Human Ingenuity) •Does language unite or divide? (Community and Service) •What is the effect of human settlement on the ecosystem? (Environment) •Are addicts victims or criminals? (Health & Social Education)
11 Personal Project Process Journal •Throughout the development of the project, students are required to keep a Process Journal. •This should be updated regularly, each time the student works on or does research for their project. •It should be used to record progress, containing thoughts, ideas, decisions, feelings and reflections.
12 Final Structure of the Personal Project All personal projects must include a structured piece of writing, whatever the overall plan.This piece of writing must include:Title pageTable of contentsIntroduction: defining the goal of the personal project, describing explicit foci on the areas of interaction and providing and outline of how to achieve the goalDescription of the process: production steps, characteristics, aspects / components of the workAnalysis: research and influences guiding the work, the findings and decisions made, resulting product and process in terms of the goal and focus on the areas of interactionConclusion: reflection on the impact on the project and new perspectives that could be consideredBibliographyAppendices - where appropriate
13 ExhibitionAs a form of celebration, the school organizes an exhibition of all the projects.The Personal Project exhibition demonstrates the success of the MYP program where the projects represent the culmination of the MYP years.An opportunity for students to pursue and share a personal interest.