The MYP Personal Project at HIS

Dear students,

Are you curious by nature and want to inquire more about an issue/item/way of doing something? Are you knowledgeable about an issue/item/way of doing something and want to share this with others? Are you open-minded and want to explore an issue/item/way of doing something in more detail to share with others?

Do you care about different situations that exist around the world and want to show your caring nature? Do you want to be an effective communicator and do something to address the plight and needs of others?

Are you a risk-taker and want to show your courageous nature to others through your exploration and development of an issue/item/way of doing? Have ever thought about and being reflective about what you can do to improve your personal skills in another language or by creating something of your own design? Now is your chance!

The Personal Project holds a very important place in the IB programme. The purpose of this handbook is to provide detailed information that will guide you to the successful completion of your Personal Project. It is an expectation that ALL Grade 10 students at HIS will complete the Personal Project. If a student joins the school after the October break, they will be encouraged to start the project and complete it within the time allowed with support from the project coordinator and a supervisor.

Using the guidelines of the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) the Personal Project offers you the opportunity to pursue one of your passions or interest. Your selected topic of study should be something that YOU are interested in; one that you would like to study in detail for an extended period of time and relates to one of the Global Contexts and the Approaches to Learning.

The key to a successful project is to choose a topic that you are genuinely interested in and want to learn more about, or want to develop further. Remember, it should be an exploration of a personal passion rather than a topic or issue that someone else wants you to do. Here is a chance for you to investigate, research, write, create, and produce a product that demonstrates your understanding of the MYP experience.

There are certain requirements that you need to follow:

  • complete, sign and adhere to the MYP Personal Project Academic Honesty Form. This states that the Personal Project is your own unique work and that you have acknowledged the work of others that you have used in your research work
  • communicate and meet regularly with your supervisor
  • write in your process journal on a regular basis
  • meet set deadlines
  • submit set pieces of written work in order to meet the terms of the Personal Project

The majority of the work on the project will be done outside of regular class time, so good use of the information literacy and organizational skills taught in school will need to be applied. Links to information literacy and time management skills are provided in this guide - another good reason for reading and exploring the guide BEFORE starting the project!

Remember that your individual supervisor is there to guide you through the work. They will offer suggestions, advice, feedback and encouragement to help you achieve success in your work. The supervisor’s job is not to do the work for you. It is essential that you meet with your supervisor on a regular basis and make sure that you have something to show that progress has taken place between meetings. Make good use of their expertise! Your supervisor should not have to chase you down for meetings. These should happen out of your own initiative.

I am ready and happy to share this rewarding Personal Project journey with you this year. I know that you will put a great deal of time and effort into achieving an accomplished piece of extended work that you will be proud to share with others at an exhibition to be held in the Spring of 2018. Do not hesitate to contact your supervisor at any time if you have any questions or are experiencing any difficulties.

Remember you are not alone. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Your supervisor and others are there to support you in any way they can. So go ahead choose something that you want to explore. With planning and effort, you will complete a project that you will be proud to call your own. You will also be more knowledgeable and skilled in your chosen area of interest.

Have fun!

Ms Annie Levasseur

Personal Project Coordinator

*The information on this website is taken from the IB Projects guide (May 2016)