Written by: June Park
As the end of the MYP year in IB, grade 10 students face one more obstacle (in addition to the E-assessment): the‘Personal Project’ (P.P.)
Now, the students who have just completed the Personal Project during the long period of June 2016 to February 2017 are giving advice to the those who are going to face the P.P, next year and, that advice is: ‘NEVER PROCRASTINATE’.
According to the International Baccalaureate, the Personal Project is student-centred and age-appropriate project that enables students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. (“Project Study In The MYP | International Baccalaureate®”)
It suggests the aims of the personal project are to encourage and enable students to;
- participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
- generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
- demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
- communicate effectively in a variety of situations
- demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
- appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.
After the Personal Project has been completed, ISS students were required to participate in a Personal Project Exhibition on February 9th. Each student set up their booth to explain and show their project and progress to an audience made up of grade 9 students, parents and teachers. It went successfully, and the grade 10 students were able to finally say ‘bye’ to personal project!
According to Ms. Shelly, MYP coordinator, the Personal Project is a communication project that students are required to complete at the end of the MYP programme so that they can apply what they have learned, such as knowledge and the design of their own project. She mentioned that the personal project challenges students to manage themselves and their skills of time management, thinking skills, social skills — all skills that would be important for students to move on in their life. Ms.Shelly added that students are going to do a similar project during the Diploma Programme such as the extended essay, or numerous Internal Assessments (IAs) so completing the personal project would be very helpful.
Ms. Shelly mentioned that this year’s students had shared their valuable success and failures. She was amazed by one of the students who did her project about animation. She drew each picture and sequence about 2-3 seconds and made 39 seconds of animation as her final product. She could see so much work behind it which is drawing individual pictures and skills. Finally, Ms. Shelly gives tips towards grade 9 students who are going to do P.P next year:
“To reach a grade of 7-8 in the criteria, you should take a look at ATL skills and mention them on the report.”
As few examples, there was student A who did their personal project about ‘Creating a picture book for the children at an orphanage in Myanmar’. She said that she chose the topic because the orphans in Myanmar barely get any English education, so she wanted to make a book for them so that they can learn English. As tips, she mentioned “Do not leave everything to the last minute, and even if you have very hectic schedules try and make time for the Personal Project. Whether you pass or fail MYP depends on whether you finish the Personal Project or not, so PLEASE BE CAREFUL”.
Another student, student B, chose the topic of ‘Sustainable city and city model’. He decided to work on the topic because he was concerned about the air pollution in China and the quality of air, and was also interested in designing those things. His tips for grade 9: “Time management is the key. And choose the topic that you really like. Do not choose something too complicated.”
Student C chose the following topic: ‘New innovation of aircraft’ because the death rate of aircraft accidents are rising up in the world. So he wanted to make a new safety facility for airplanes.
Student D chose ‘Photography and making books’ because he is simply interested in this and wanted to do it, and told the next grade who are going to face Personal Project to “ ‘Really’ do your process journal and it will save you one day. Try to focus on your ATL skills and look at the criteria before you start writing the report.”
This would be the helpful source for all future P.P. victims: