What is a social issue you care about and would like to learn more about?
What is the last thing you learned that no one told you to learn?
What are some of your hobbies?
What do you wonder about?
What is a problem you wish you could solve?
These are just some of the questions that our Grade 7 students explored during advisory & library sessions this week and last week as they prepare to create a passion project.
In keeping with our commitment to student-driven inquiry, grade 7 students will work to narrow down their ideas and will then spend the next three months (approx.) delving into a passion and producing a project connected with a personal interest. Engaging in a passion project affords students an opportunity to develop important ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills, among them effective researching, time-management, communication, and perseverance.
During one of our first advisory sessions devoted to the passion project, students explored a range of videos meant to provide them with inspiration. One of the videos we watched as a group was about this one about a young man who created his own Lego robotic arm.
Next week, students will narrow their passion project ideas and start to develop a plan for pursuing one idea. In subsequent weeks they will start creating it. If you would like to explore some of the resources we will be using to support this project, please have a look at our MYP Passion Project Libguide (the password is the same as the one for the parent portal).
Our students have many opportunities for rich inquiry at AISL. Here is a partial list of some of the in-depth, passion-style projects students do at AISL:
Grade 1 Genius Hour
Grade 4 Genius Hour
Grade 5 PYP Exhibition
Grade 7 Passion Project
Grade 8 Passion / Community Project
Grade 10 MYP Personal Project
Grades 11 & 12 DP Extended Essay
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