The QAIS MYP Personal Project Experience

The QAIS MYP Personal Project Experience

Dear MYP 5 student, the Personal Project is a unique experience; thus, you should make the most of it, and truly embrace all the learning that comes with it.

In this space you find a collection of resources to support your journey. Note that all of this documents are cited in your MYP Personal Project Student Handbook- which you are invited to refer to for more detailed explanations.

1. Gaining perspective about my Personal Project

When beginning to think about the MYP Personal Project you would like to pursue, you will  need to consider:
a) Your strengths
b) Your passions
c) What type of learning gives you pleasure
d) A challenge you are willing to take
e) An exploration you are curious about
d) A skill you want to develop
e) A dream you want to chase

In order to organize a few ideas, you can use the flowchart in the following link.

Launching my Personal Project 

2. Identification of prior knowledge

Prior knowledge is an essential part of developing new understandings and starting projects in which we will use our existing skills and knowledge. We all come to the school and start new projects with a broad range of pre-existing knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes that influence how we interpret and organise information, how we collaborate with others, and how we extend our learning. It is important, therefore, to be aware of what one already knows about a specific topic in order to effectively think, apply, and create new knowledge.

In the MYP Personal Project, you will pursue a project of your interest. In this quest, you will use knowledge, skills and a series of attitudes. However, before you think that this all means that there is so much to learn, it is a good idea to assess your prior knowledge. Here are a few ways in which you can do it:

a) Create a mind map about the topic of your personal project, and see how much you can think of.
b) Think of the skills you need in order to accomplish your goal. Once you know, reflect on what skills you have truly mastered, which ones you are still developing, and which ones you will need to learn. This will help you set priorities.
c) Make a list of possible questions people may wonder about your topic/project? and think for which you already have an answer.
d) Make a list of all the essential vocabulary items that you will need if you were to write about the topic you have chosen.

3. Choosing a Global Context 

The IB has identified 6 global contexts in the MYP.

You will need to choose one of these 6 global contexts in order to contextualize your research and your reflection. You may want to consider the following questions as you decide to identify a global context for your goal:

What do I want to achieve through my personal project?
What do I want others to understand through my work?
What sort of action will my project develop; will it engage me in service?
What impact do I want my project to have?
What is it about the context I choose that will allow me to create a more focused project?

The checklist in the following link will help you decide which is the most suitable global concept for your project.

Choosing the Most Suitable Global Context

4. Clarifying your goal

Drawing together your initial goal definition based on a personal interest and the global context and area of exploration of your choice, refine your goal using the SMART goal graphic organiser. Ensure you document this in you process journal.

SMART GOAL template

Once you define your goal. You will have to think a set of success criteria that will help you achieve that goal, and that will allow you to evaluate your success.

You can use a template such as the following to design your product/outcome criteria. You will need to include this in the Planning Section of your Personal Project Report.


Personal Project Criteria For Success Example

You will use these criteria to reflect on your work in the “Reflecting” section of your Personal Project Report.

5. Assess the research skills you will need

The research skills that will be used in the Personal Project vary from project to project. In order for you to assess the research skills you will need, and to figure out whether you will need support, consider the following suggestions:
a) Think about each of the steps you will need to accomplish in order to complete your personal project.
b) For each step, think about the information you need.
c) For the information you will need in each step, think about the places in which you can find it.
d) Think about the instruments you may need to collect information: interviews, surveys, etc.
e) Think about how long it may take you to collect information.
f) Think about whether you will need to analyse the data you collect. Will you compare it? Will you contrast it?
g) Do not forget to evaluate the source you have identified. Are they reliable?

On your marks, get ready, go!

(The following videos are courtesy of Ms Laura England, MYP Coordinator at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Darwin, Australia)

Objective A: Investigating

Objective B: Planning 

Objective C: Taking Action

Objective D: Reflecting

 Example of a Personal Project Process Journal.

A student’s reflection about here relationship with her Personal Project Supervisor.

MYP, Teaching & Learning, and Language Acquisition Coordinator| IB DP English B Teacher | Grade 10 Advisor.

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