The personal project, which is completed in MYP 5 (A’ Lyceum/Grade 10), is the culmination of a student’s preparation and is an excellent opportunity for them to show the breadth of knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme. The personal project is based on each student’s personal choice of a topic of interest that reflects their development of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills.
It is the product of the student’s own creativity and ability to organize every step leading to the successful completion of the project.
However, any topic chosen should:
- Lead to a challenging but attainable goal that is of interest to the student and relevant to their concerns and desires.
- Focus on the Global Contexts.
- Give the student the opportunity to express their personal thoughts and beliefs.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills a student has acquired during the implementation of the MYP programme.
- Be the result of their own creativity and ability to organize and design their work according to their personal interests, abilities and sensitivities on specific topics.
- Be a student’s own and authentic work so that a document confirming the authenticity of the project can be signed by the student.
What are the components of the personal project?
A document where all stages and evidence of the process of the project are recorded. For example, notes, drafts, action plans, photos, sketches, sources, etc.
The product/outcome is the result of the inquiry process, and it could be in the form of:
- a written piece of work on a special topic (literary, social, historical, etc.)
- an original work of art (visual, dramatic, performance, 3D etc.)
- a film or documentary
- a model, product, piece of clothing, object
- a piece of literary fiction (creative writing, poetry, short story, etc.)
- an original science experiment
- an invention or specially designed object or system
- a presentation of a developed business, organisational plan, etc.
- an investigative study
- a speech
- a blog or website
The Report is a detailed written account of the entire process of completing the personal project, and is based on the Progress Journal.
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.
What is assessed?
What is finally assessed is the Report.
In particular, the 3 assessment criteria used are the following:
Criterion A: Planning
Critterion B: Applying Skills
Criterion C: Reflecting
The role of the supervisor
A supervisor is assigned foe each student to provide guidance and offer feedback during the entire process.
For further information on the Personal Project, you can contact:
Maria Zachariadou, Personal Projects Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org