Students in 4th year of Secondary Education (5th year MYP) have presented the Personal Projects they have carried out throughout the course. Students in the final year of MYP explore an area of personal interest throughout a year and choose the work they want to do under the supervision of a school teacher who helps them focus on the project they choose to do and guides them in researching and writing the report that accompanies this work.
The Personal Project provides the opportunity to consolidate their learning and develop important skills they will need both for their future studies and for life outside of the classroom. It also helps them develop the self-confidence to become students of integrity and adopt an attitude of learning throughout their lives.
Students have presented projects related to their common interests in very different areas such as technology, eco-clothing design, improvement of motor vehicles, mathematical, environmental or history-related investigations among others.
The evaluation of these projects is mainly directed at the skills of the students’ approaches to learning in terms of self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. For them they complete three elements:
- Product or result: evidence of tangible or intangible results of what the student intended to achieve or create.
- Work journal: ideas, criteria, developments, difficulties, plans, investigations, possible solutions and progress reports.
- Report: an explanation of the project and its impact in a structure that follows the evaluation criteria.The report includes a bibliography and journal evidence documenting the student’s development and achievement.
The report is evaluated by the supervisor and subsequently submitted to the IB to ensure a consistent standard of excellence around the world. Each project gets a final grade based on the level of achievement.