ISS Personal Project

The MYP Personal Project is the culminating project for the MYP. It is where Grade 10 students can show off how they have developed as learners.

Students will choose a topic which is interesting to them. They will research, in-depth, this topic, and will then select a product/outcome to show their learning.

At the end, students will write a reflecting report, to summarise their learning.

This is a challenging project, which students should dedicate significant time and attention to.

What are the aims of the MYP Personal Project?

The aims of the MYP Personal Project is 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.

What will students learn through the MYP Personal Project?

The Personal Project involves students in a wide range of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes.

These student-planned learning activities include:

  • deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what they already know, and discovering what they will need to know to complete the project
  • creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials, and recording developments of the project
  • making decisions, developing understandings and solving problems, communicating with their supervisor and others, and creating a product or developing an outcome evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and their learning.

As students become involved in the self-initiated and self-directed learning process, they will find it easier to construct in-depth knowledge on their topic, and develop an understanding of themselves as learners.

Information in this site courtesy of: International Baccalaureate Organisation. Middle Years Programme Projects Guide, Cardiff, Wales: Peterson House 2014