Personal project is a cumulative project each student is required to complete during their final year in the MYP. It provides an opportunity to investigate a topic of interest (RESEARCH), produce a creative piece of work (PRODUCT) and reflect on the project process (REPORT) with a specific focus defined by one of the six the global contexts.
Since September Grade 10 students have been engaged in self-led, in-depth study on a topic of interest - a Personal project. During the showcase they shared their products developed based on their project goals, along with their learning journeys to show the new knowledge and understandings of the topic, and their growth as an independent IB learners. This showcase recognized and celebrated year 5 students' efforts over the past 6 months. It offered grade 9 students and families great examples for when you will engage with the Personal Project.
Although the students’ learning has been largely independent and self-led each student was supported and guided by a project supervisors whom I would like to recognize and applaud for Ms. Beth, Mr. Dan, Ms. Reelika, Ms. Kuhn, Ms. Sandhya, Ms. Triin, Mr. Paulo, Ms. Karolina, Mr. T, Mr. Smith, Ms. Maren and Ms. Anais.
This year the showcase followed the format of a Human library. Books in this library are human beings and the Books and Readers enter into a personal dialogue. Grade 10 students became Books on their project topic and guests became Readers who borrow a “Book” for a limited period of time to learn and converse on the mutual topic of interest.
We opened the Human library for two sessions-
- afternoon session at the end of the school day for the school community (grade 5 up) ;
- evening session for grade 10 and 9 families, friends and supervisors.
Below are 12 thrilling titles and summaries from year 5 students from the Human library catalog.
Title: Ragga style in dancing
Summary: Have you ever heard about ragga dance style or dancehall? If you feel like you are interested in dancing or you would like to know more about Jamaican music/dance culture, then this book is just for you. Be ready to let your hips loose!
|Create a ragga dance routine, make a video |
and use it to inform and inspire audience about that dance style.
Title: The Young Screenwriter Summary: Have you ever wondered what a tough job do screenwriters go through? It's their brains, where the ideas of directors gain adequate and interesting shape. It's their nerves, which go wasted on writing dialogues and describing the settings. It's their passion and will, that make a movie a masterpiece. Screenwriting is art, and not a single good movie has a bad script. In this human library, I, the simple student will share my personal experiences with how screenwriting is done.
|Write a quality, 20-40 pages, script.|
Title: Humanization of Death
Summary: Have you ever thought how death would look like if it were a human? Is it possible to collect different human beliefs and values in one painting? We will be talking about how the humanized death would look like based on the philosophical, religious and psychological beliefs of people.
|To understand trough research, why people are afraid of the concept of death. |
How the humanized Death would look like, based on psychological, religious and philosophical beliefs.
Title: Medieval armor and HEMA tournaments Summary: Learn about blacksmith work nowadays and during medieval times. Hear about three aspects of armor: defense, mobility and firepower and learn about HEMA (historical European martial arts) tournaments. See the armor I made.
|To show how three aspects of armour can affect the outcome |
of a (medieval melee) tournament
Title: People pushing our progress up
Summary: Have you been thinking how the ideas can change world? Do you know who the people who bring these ideas into real life are? Can we meet a new Leonardo Da Vinci nowadays? Interesting? Come and read!
|Ideas , technologies and innovations of humanity.|
Title: Portrait Photography
Summary: Come see the unique and diverse personalities of the 10th grade shown through portrait photography! The photos were taken this fall at ISE to help me achieve my objective of learning how to use my camera.
|To learn the technical aspects of my cannon rebel camera in order to take high quality portraits that reflect the personality of the subject.|
Title: Wisdom and Knowledge through the Eyes of the Owl
Summary: We will be learning about creating our own toys, through crocheting. We then make our own owl out of paper cups. Can’t wait to see you there, hoot hoot hooray!
|Acquire the skill of crocheting, to become more experienced |
in hand made work, to help me to extend and enjoy my creativity.
Title: What is a micro controller
Summary: What is a Micro controller? How to use them? What is programming? If you wonder about these questions my book is good for you :)
Title: The Vegan Life
Summary: Explore the world of veganism through recipe ideas, learning about the lifestyle, and an opportunity to relish some vegan food.
|To research about healthy, eco-friendly, and vegan diets/foods and video making, |
creating blogs/websites in order to produce a website with nutritious and vegan cooking videos
for people that would like to follow a healthy diet and reduce their carbon footprint.
Title: Clothing and fashion design
Title: Electrical motors
Summary: This book is about the electrical motors, how they work and are built. I built my own to use this motor control for turning a solar panel.
|Electrical motor turning a solar panel.|
Title: Animated music video
Summary: Come and learn how to animate a music video digitally.
I was truly blown away with the diversity of the projects, the knowledge and expertise students demonstrated of their project topics. An evaluation to reflect on common experiences to improve the planning, implementation and running a successful future events for all the parttakers (books, readers, and librarian) will follow soon.