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IB Middle Years Programme
Welcome Year 5 Students to the Personal Project Experience

What is the Personal Project?

The Personal Project represents the culmination of your IB MYP experience and is your opportunity to showcase what you have learned during your time in the program while being given autonomy to explore a topic of interest to you as an individual.

Your project MUST:

  • have a clear and achievable goal.
  • focus on ONE Global Context.
  • be an independent study - you will do this on your own with the support of an adult supervisor.
  • reflect your special interests, hobbies, special abilities, or concerns about particular issues.
  • be entirely your own work - authenticity is extremely important !
Your project MUST NOT:

  • be part of any project or assignment you have done before.
  • Take over your whole personal and social life, nor interfere with your studies even though it will involve many hours of work.
  • Be too closely linked to any of your Taft courses.
Because the Personal Project represents the culmination of your IB MYP experience you are required as an IB Learner (inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taker, balanced, reflective) to choose a topic focused on an issue or theme closely related to one of six Global Contexts (identities and relationships, personal and cultural identity, orientations in space and time, scientific and technical innovation, fairness and development, globalization and sustainability). As you go through the Inquiry, Action, and Reflection Cycle you will rely on your Approaches to Learning Skills (self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration) developed in classroom learning engagements in all subject areas.

The Personal Project is designed as an independent learning experience. Each student will be assigned a personal project supervisor who provides guidance and formative feedback. Personal Projects are assessed by the supervisor against published criteria.

The Personal Project formally assesses students’ ATL skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. The Personal Project encourages students to practice and strengthen their ATL skills, to connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience, and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning.

The aims of the MYP Personal Project 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 your accomplishments.
Students must identify one of six Global Context for their MYP Personal Project to establish their relevance and significance towards independent inquiry:
  1. Identities and Relationships
  2. Orientation in Space and Time
  3. Personal and Cultural Expression
  4. Scientific and Technical Innovation
  5. Globalization and Sustainability
  6. Fairness and Development.
Students address personal project objectives through the following three elements:
  • the process they follow
  • the product or outcome they create
  • the report or presentation they make that explains what they have done and learned.
Students document their thinking, research process, and development of their initial ideas by developing an outline of a challenging yet manageable goal.

For example:
original work of art, models, business plans, campaigns, blueprints, investigative studies,scientific experiments, performances, fieldwork, narrative essays, courses of study learning engagements, films, computer programmes, or other form of work.

Students document their project work in the process journal. This learning strategy helps students record and learn from their work, and it promotes academic honesty. As a record of progress, journals can take many forms and can be recorded in a variety of media. They represent and evolving record of plans, ideas, and accomplishments. The process journal provides a repository for essential reflections on learning and formative feedback on students’ work.

Extracts from the journal which demonstrate achievement in all criteria, are submitted as appendices of the report or presentation at the conclusion of the project.
The personal project report explains the personal project process in a concise and succinct form. The report contains a formal bibliography and a statement of academic honesty.

Each Personal Project objective corresponds to one of four equally weighted assessment criteria. Each criterion has eight possible achievement levels (1-8), divided into four bands with unique descriptors that teachers use to make judgements about students’ work.

Criterion A: Investigating
Students define a clear goal and global context for the project, based on personal interests. Students identify prior learning and subject-specific knowledge relevant to the project.
Students demonstrate research skills.

Criterion B: Planning
Students develop criteria for the product/outcome.
Students plan and record the development process of the project.
Students demonstrate self-management skills.

Criterion C: Taking Action
Students create a product/outcome in response to the goal, global context, and criteria.
Students demonstrate thinking skills.
Students demonstrate communication and social skills.

Criterion D: Reflecting
Students evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria.
Students reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context.
Students reflect on their development as IB learners through the project.

MYP Personal Projects are usually developed and presented in the school’s language of instruction. Personal Project reports must be developed and presented in one of the MYP moderating languages.

The IB MYP Personal Project Completion Certificate requires a satisfactory level of achievement in the Personal Project.

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