The personal project, which is completed in MYP 5 (A’ Lyceum), 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 familiarity with the Approaches to Learning (ATL) and is directly related to the Global Contexts.
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?
Notes made in the Process Journal document the development of the entire project.
The product/outcome is the result of research and an attempt to answer the inquiry question raised from the beginning. This is what will be presented 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, etc.)
- a film or documentary
- 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
All Personal Projects must include a Report. This detailed report, which refers to the process followed for completing the task, is based on the Progress Journal.
All three parts of the project are assessed: the use of the Process Journal, the Product/Outcome and the Report. Assessment is carried out by applying four criteria:
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.