The personal project encourages students to practice 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.
MYP projects are student-centered and age-appropriate, and they enable students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. MYP projects help students to develop the attributes of the IB learner profile; provide students with an essential opportunity to demonstrate ATL skills developed through the MYP; and foster the development of independent, lifelong learners.1
1 Middle Years Programme Projects Guide, p. 4, April 2023
Personal Project is a mandatory in-depth project that spans most of the tenth grade school year. The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:
- explore an interest that is personally meaningful
- take ownership of their learning by undertaking a self-directed inquiry
- transfer and apply skills in pursuit of a learning goal and the creation of a product
- recognize and evidence personal growth and development.2
2Middle Years Programme Projects Guide, p. 4, April 2023
Students spend 25 hours on their personal project. This includes the formal report which can be produced in a variety of formats. Personal Project is started during the first weeks of their sophomore year in English II.
The project is designed so that the student advocates and negotiates the process as the primary initiator which is very important since the topic of study is self-selected.
Sophomore students have support for Personal Project through the library, advisory class, English II, an assigned supervisor, and work-sessions.
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