The Personal Project (PP) is a piece of extended research that students do in grade 10 of the MYP. At the end of Grade 9 students participate in an afternoon of workshops where they are introduced to the PP are able to ask questions, see previous projects, come up with and share their own ideas about what they would like to do as a project and work out how to put their ideas into set contexts. Throughout the MYP students have been studying their subjects in relation to five contexts called Areas of Interaction. These are:
- Approaches to Learning
- Community and Service
- Health and Social Education
- Human Ingenuity
Whilst students are able to choose any suitable topic they find interesting, they must analyse their work through the contexts of Approaches to Learning and at least one of the other Areas of Interaction. Students have to ensure there is a product, a process journal and an essay analysing both product and process in context.
At the start of grade 10, students make their final choice of topics and are assigned supervisors from amongst the school teachers. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they meet with supervisors regularly. Supervisors help ensure that the student’s project will help them meet the criteria. Students are also given guidance in the form of a PP Guidebook. In the guidebook, a timeline is given detailing when various parts of the PP are due.
There is no curriculum time given to the PP apart from administrative grade level meetings. In the spring of grade 10 students submit their projects and teachers assess the projects. They also standardise their grades by assessing each other’s projects. Students then celebrate and share their projects either through a school exhibition or other means.
Examples from Projects have included:
- Recognising the Early Warning Signs of Antisocial & Criminal Behaviour in Children
- Creating a Book about Orphans Around the World
- How Music may Manipulate our Moods
- Speak your Mind through Skateboarding
- Creating a Guidebook to Gothenburg
- Launching an anti-drugs Campaign