On Thursday 24 September Terry Maguire and Ingrid Turner delivered an information session about the Personal Project via a Google Meet.
The Personal Project (PP) is an extended, independent piece of project work completed by each student in the last year of the MYP. Project topics may be creative or research-based and, ideally, they should reflect a student’s personal interest. Students attend a retreat in Grade 9 of the 5-year MYP to excite them about this passion project and supervisors are assigned. Students really only begin the PP process in Grade 10 during the first semester and finish in the second semester. The stages of the process are documented by a journal that is assessed. While there is some recognition of the project through the criteria, a student’s record of, research about, and reflection on the process is a significant part of the final result. Students write a report of 3500 words around the process according to a set of criteria and this is graded internally with eight pieces randomly selected and standardised by the IB. Each student has access to the Personal Project guide and other documents on the AISL Virtual Library Libguide, and support lessons are delivered throughout the year during advisory. Through the use of a process journal, meetings and the documents in the Libguide, the supervisor provides support and guidance through the PP process.
To celebrate the end of the PP process, the school hosts a Personal Project showcase during an afternoon of presentations.
Supervisors report twice yearly on Personal Project in the form of comments, however, no grades are reported. Once IB standardisation has taken place, students’ Personal Project IB standardised grades are documented on their transcripts and they receive their Personal Project certificates.
More information can be found in the MYP Personal Project Guide and on the Librarylibguide giving greater detail about the programme.
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