Part of MYP's focus is to make learning relevant to students' lives by contextualizing it so they can see the connection between what they learn in the classroom and their local, national, and global communities. To this end, students participate in projects where they can explore a topic or cause that they are passionate about and use their content knowledge learned in school, as well as the skills they develop, understand this connection.
Through the projects, students apply use the design cycle to learn how to manage a project independently and monitor their growth, as well as creatively solve challenging obstacles. They specifically focus on applying the Approaches to Learning skills they have learned in their classes in a new and unfamiliar context. These include:
The personal project takes place the at the end of students' freshman year through their sophomore year. Students receive support and guidance during their ELT sessions, but they are expected to be working on their project outside of school as well. Over the course of this time they work on creating a goal, researching their process, creating a product or outcome, and reflecting on their process. In the end they write a report which encapsulates all these parts; this report is then graded by staff and moderated by IBO. At the end of the year in March, students show their work to the larger community at the Personal Project exhibition.
For more information about the Personal Project, please check out the Personal Project website. Additionally, please see the Personal Project Informational Night Presentation for an overview of the project and its benefits, as well as resources for how parents can support their child during the project.
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