What is the Personal Project?
It is a significant piece of work produced over an extended period- about one year.
It is a product of your own initiative and must reflect your experience of the MYP- especially the Areas of Interaction.
This is your opportunity to undertake something truly personal and creative.
1. Why is the Personal Project useful to me?
- You may never have another opportunity of exploring something that is as much fun as this. Remember- it is what is of interest to YOU!
- You may discover skills and talents that you did not think you possessed.
- You may realise what you would like to choose for your career.
- You may realise what you would never ever like to have as a career!
- The skills used in working on this project for over a year will help you with your Senior work where you have to work on many assignments with limited supervision- this may include the compulsory Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge essay, if you are doing the IB Diploma.
2. When do I begin the Personal Project?
- You begin your Personal Project in Grade 6 when you start the Middle Years Programme! This is because that is when you begin to learn about the Areas of Interaction.
- The skills that you learn in all of your subjects from grade 6 to grade 10 will be used for your Personal Project.
- When you reach the middle of grade 9, you will begin working on the actual project, which is to be completed in grade 10.
- You should begin thinking about your Personal Project now so that you have enough time to plan and execute your project over a year.
3. How do I choose my Personal Project?
- Look at the Areas of Interaction. Which one inspires you the most? Which one asks questions that you find interesting?
What are your hobbies, talents, interests, dreams, loves and passions?
- These are the two most important groups of questions that you need to answer to begin choosing a Personal Project. You will be given guidance in making a final decision by your supervisor.
4. Who helps me with my Personal Project?
There are three groups of people who will help you with your personal project:
- The MYP coordinators: they will give you all of the information that you need and the Guide that you must follow.
- Your Personal Project supervisor (your House Tutor): Your House Tutor will meet with you at regular intervals and will help you make decisions about your project. You will use some Pastoral Care time for this purpose but you may also need to meet with your tutors at other times. Your supervisor will also give you guidelines about keeping focused. You may ask your supervisor for help when you are struggling for ideas or experience difficulties.
- Your family and friends: there may be times that you will need some positive support and encouragement to work alone for a year and your family and friends will help you to keep on target but it is always your project.
5. When do I do my Personal Project?
You need to organise your time to manage your project. This could be on some of your weekends or in some of your holidays. You should plan your progress carefully so that you may take advantage of every opportunity that may arise.
Your project should not destroy your social life, nor your family’s social life!
Being organised and keeping your project in perspective will prevent this from happening.
6. How is my Personal Project assessed?
i. Like all your subjects in the MYP, your personal project is assessed using published assessment criteria. These are used all over the world by every IBO school that offers the MYP.
ii. Once your supervisor has assessed your project, it will be moderated by the other supervisors in our school.
iii. Samples of our Personal Projects will then be sent to an external moderator- appointed and trained by the IBO academic office. This ensures that all MYP schools use exactly the same standards.
iv. You have 7 assessment criteria A-G, all out of 4 to give a total of 28. This is then converted to a grade of 7 to 0.
v. Criterion A – The process journal
vi. Criteria B to G – personal project report
vii. Criterion E – assesses the final outcome or product
viii. The guide you will receive later in the year will contain all of this information in detail.
7. How important are the Areas of Interaction to the Personal Project?
The Areas of Interaction are the HEART of your Personal Project.
The Areas of Interaction are:
- Approaches to Learning
- Community and Service
- Human Ingenuity
- Health and Social Education
They are the reason for your choice of project. THREE of the seven assessment criteria directly assess your focus on your chosen Area of Interaction. No AOI= no PP!
8. Which skills will I use for the Personal Project?
- Applying the whole Design Cycle from Technology and the Sciences
- The Process Journal/ Developmental Workbook from the Arts and Technology
- Research and referencing methods from Humanities and other subjects
- Essay writing from Languages A and Humanities
- Bibliography writing from all subjects
- Using graphs, maps, photographs and tables from Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities
- Using initiative and showing responsibility to your own learning process and showing self-motivation from Sciences, the Arts and Physical Education
9. What format must my Personal Project have?
The presentation of all types of Personal Project will follow the same general structure, and will include the following elements:
- Title page
- Table of contents
- Introduction, defining the goal of the project and explicit focus on the chosen area/s of interaction, and providing an outline of how you intend to achieve your goal.
- Description of the process, including production steps, the characteristics, aspects or components of the work.
- Analysis of the inspiration, research and influences guiding the work, the findings and decisions made, the resulting product and the processes in terms of the goal and its focus on the area/s of interaction chosen (where the student has chosen to write an essay about a specific issue, the essay itself forms the main part of this analysis)
- Conclusion, where you reflect on the impact of your project, and on new perspectives that could be considered
- Appendices, where appropriate.
You should bear in mind that you will have to write several long essays in the Diploma Program (if you choose to do this) and in many of the senior OP subjects so the Personal Project is excellent preparation for this aspect of your senior studies.
10. What types of Personal Project are there?
There are many forms of Personal Project- some of them are listed below- if you have a different idea, discuss it with your supervisor.
- An original work of Art (visual, dramatic, or musical) (eg. Sculpture, musical composition, producing & filming a play)
- A written piece of work on a special topic (literary, social, psychological or anthropological) (eg. An essay on global warming)
- A piece of literary fiction (that is, creative writing)
- An original scientific experiment
- An invention or specially designed object (eg. A new design of a skateboard, surfboard, watering system or fashion item)
- The presentation of a developed business plan, management, or organisational plan (that is, for an entrepreneurial business or project), a special event, or the development of a new student or community organisation.
11. What is an unrealistic Personal Project?
- You decide to learn to play the piano with no previous musical knowledge
- Erase poverty around the world
- To learn the history of tattoos
- To find out about violence in sports
12. What is a realistic Personal Project?
- You have studied the piano for a number of years and decide to write and interpret a musical score for parts of a school play.
- Finding ways in which different groups can take action to fight poverty in my city.
- To find out whether tattoos are fashion elements or expressions of personality amongst teenagers
- To find out whether soccer events are more violent than rugby and whether it is linked to the nationality of the fans
- To organise a tennis tournament as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst teenagers
- To devise an energy and water consumption plan-saver for use within my own household