The Personal Project is an individual project that students complete in Grade 10, which is their final year of the Middle Years Programme at NISC.
The Personal Project consists of a process journal, a project or outcome and a written reflective essay which collectively provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills and understandings they have learned over the course of their MYP studies. Projects may take many forms, such as a research essay, an artistic production, the construction of an artifact, an investigation, or another means of expression.
Once students have decided on a subject for their project, a supervisor from the faculty is assigned to offer support throughout the process. The supervisor will have indicated an interest in the student’s topic and will help them design a timeline, assist them with choices about presentation, and help with any difficulties that may arise. The process undertaken in completing the project is very important and needs to be well documented in the process journal (careful record keeping and reflection are vital components of the end product).
Each student receives a Personal Project guidebook which displays a timeline for the project, gives valuable background information, and contains the assessment criteria. The student needs to become very familiar with the guidebook, follow the timeline, and meet with their supervisor regularly to ensure the successful completion of their Personal Project.
Examples of Personal Projects developed by MYP students have included:
- Organizing and coaching a cricket team
- Designing and creating a turbo go-cart engine
- Organizing and teaching fitness classes
- Creating a web page and photo essay on rock carvings
- Scripting, filming and editing short videos and documentaries
Regardless of the type of project the student chooses to do, all projects must include a piece of structured writing in the form of a written report (1500-3500 words).
It should be noted that the Personal Project is not part of any course, and is completed outside of classroom time. The role of the supervisor is to guide the student and make sure they are on task, not to help the student complete their project.