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  3. 3. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Using this book 4 _________________________________________________________ Personal Project Timeline 5 _________________________________________________________ Calendar of dates 6-15 _________________________________________________________ Getting Started 16 _________________________________________________________ Introductory Questionnaire 18 _________________________________________________________ Topic Selection Form 21 Commitment Contract 24 _________________________________________________________ Planning Questionnaire 25 _________________________________________________________ The Design Cycle 27 _________________________________________________________ What is the Personal Project? 28 _________________________________________________________ Sample Topics and Central Areas of Interaction 30 _________________________________________________________ Written Documentation: Process Journal & Personal Statement 31 _________________________________________________________ Sample Personal Statement Outlines 34-35 _________________________________________________________ Personal Statement Checklist 36-37 _________________________________________________________ Areas of Interaction 38-43 _________________________________________________________ AoI Web 44 _________________________________________________________ AoI Key Questions 45 _________________________________________________________ Assessment Criteria 46-51 _________________________________________________________ Assessment Criteria Checklists 52-55 _________________________________________________________ Personal Project Grade Boundaries 55 _________________________________________________________ Supervisor’s Feedback 56-61 _________________________________________________________ Final Student Self-Assessment 62-64 _________________________________________________________ Bibliography Guide 65-68 _________________________________________________________ Appendix Facts 69 _________________________________________________________ Process Journal 70-166 166 3 11137
  4. 4. USING THIS STUDENT GUIDE AND PROCESS JOURNAL This Student Guide and Process Journal has been created for the purpose of helping you to succeed with your Personal Project. The Student Guide section has all the information to answer your questions about the Personal Project and will be invaluable to you throughout your work. The Process Journal section begins after the Student Guide and there are several pages for you to record your progress. Some of the pages of the Process Journal are blank and some are lined. Use the Process Journal pages to write notes, draw diagrams, work through problems, record interviews, list your sources, etc. Your Process Journal is yours to use as you wish, but remember, it will form part of your overall Personal Project. Good luck and enjoy your journey. Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. —Abigail Adams 4 165
  5. 5. _________________________________________________________ 2009-2010 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Phase 1: Selecting the Topic _________________________________________________________ Information Session / Preparatory pamphlet June 2009 _________________________________________________________ Complete Introductory Questionnaire June-September 2009 _________________________________________________________ Discuss topic options with supervisor Week of 28 Sept-2 October Prepare topic selection form and Commitment Contract 5-9 October 2009 _________________________________________________________ Obtain signature(s) from AoI leader(s) for chosen AoI(s) _________________________________________________________ Present final topic, title (in form of a guiding question) and Week of 12-16 October 2009 _________________________________________________________ AoIs to supervisor and to Mrs Krake (for approval) Phase 2: Planning the Project (after final approval) _________________________________________________________ Complete Planning Questionnaire 16 October– 16 November _________________________________________________________ Create a timeline that will help guide you through the 16 October– 16 November _________________________________________________________ project (this can change) _________________________________________________________ Begin research 16 October– 16 November _________________________________________________________ Discuss planning / timeline / resources with supervisor Week of 23-27 November _________________________________________________________ Phase 3: Gathering the Necessary Material _________________________________________________________ Preliminary bibliography due to supervisor Week of 30 Nov– 4 Dec _________________________________________________________ Collect & record information / data / material November ‘09– February ‘10 Phase 4: Working on the Product _________________________________________________________ Work on product, revise plans, keep journal November ‘09– February ‘10 _________________________________________________________ —meet regularly with supervisor _________________________________________________________ Finish work on product and show to supervisor Week of 15-19 February _________________________________________________________ MYP Personal Project PRODUCT Exhibition 3 March 2010 _________________________________________________________ Phase 5: Presenting the Outcome _________________________________________________________ Outline of Personal Statement due Week of 8-12 March _________________________________________________________ 1st draft of Personal Statement due Week of 22-25 March 2nd draft of Personal Statement due Week of 12-16 April _________________________________________________________ Submit final draft of Personal Statement, process jour- 7 May 2010 _________________________________________________________ nal and self-assessment (pp 62-64) to supervisor _________________________________________________________ Viva Voce by each student—15:30-16.15 15:30- 15:30 8 June 2010 _________________________________________________________ NB: Make regular entries in your process journal _________________________________________________________ throughout phases 1-4. 164 5
  6. 6. September 2009 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 Classes begin 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Jeûne Genevois No classes 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Meet with supervisor this week Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance. —William Wirt 6 163
  7. 7. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ October 2009 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat _________________________________________________________ 1 2 3 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Prepare topic _________________________________________________________ selection form and Commit- ment Contract _________________________________________________________ Obtain signa- ture(s) from _________________________________________________________ AoI leader(s) for chosen _________________________________________________________ AoI(s) 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 _________________________________________________________ Present final topic, title (in _________________________________________________________ form of a guid- ing question) _________________________________________________________ and AoIs to supervisor and to Mrs Krake _________________________________________________________ (for approval) Start research _________________________________________________________ 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 _________________________________________________________ Half-term Half-term Half-term Half-term Half-term _________________________________________________________ No classes No classes No classes No classes No classes _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 _________________________________________________________ Classes _________________________________________________________ resume _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 162 7
  8. 8. November 2009 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pedagogical Day No classes 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Discuss planning / timeline / resources with supervisor 29 30 Preliminary bibliography due to supervisor Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. —Confucius 8 161
  9. 9. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ December 2009 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat _________________________________________________________ 1 2 3 4 5 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 _________________________________________________________ Classes end _________________________________________________________ at mid-day _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 _________________________________________________________ Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break _________________________________________________________ No classes No classes No classes No classes No classes _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 27 28 29 30 31 _________________________________________________________ Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break _________________________________________________________ No classes No classes No classes No classes _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 160 9
  10. 10. January 2010 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 Winter Break No classes 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break Winter Break No classes No classes No classes No classes No classes 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Classes resume 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Con- centrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses ...on your powers, instead of your problems. —Paul J. Meyer 10 159
  11. 11. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ February 2010 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat _________________________________________________________ 1 2 3 4 5 6 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Finish work on product _________________________________________________________ and show to supervisor _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 _________________________________________________________ Half-term Half-term Half-term Half-term Half-term _________________________________________________________ No classes No classes No classes No classes No classes _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 28 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 158 11
  12. 12. March 2010 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 MYP Classes Personal resume Project PRODUCT Exhibition 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Outline of Personal Statement due 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 1st draft of Pedagogical Personal Day Statement due No classes 28 29 30 31 Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break No classes No classes No classes Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. —Thomas A. Edison 12 157
  13. 13. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ April 2010 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat _________________________________________________________ 1 2 3 _________________________________________________________ Spring Break Spring Break _________________________________________________________ No classes No classes _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 _________________________________________________________ Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break _________________________________________________________ No classes No classes No classes No classes No classes _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 _________________________________________________________ Classes resume _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 2nd draft of Personal _________________________________________________________ Statement due _________________________________________________________ 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 25 26 27 28 29 30 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 156 13
  14. 14. May 2010 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Submit final 8 copy of Personal State- ment, process journal and self- assessment (pp 62-64) to supervisor 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Ascension Ascension No Classes No Classes 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Whit Monday Pedagogical Day No classes No classes 30 31 Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. —Abraham Lincoln 14 155
  15. 15. June 2010 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat _________________________________________________________ 1 2 3 4 5 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Viva Voce by each _________________________________________________________ student— 15:30-16.15 15:30- _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 27 28 29 30 _________________________________________________________ Classes end at mid-day _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 154 15
  16. 16. GETTING STARTED The most important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. —Sir William Bragg 16 153
  17. 17. _________________________________________________________ WHAT STEPS SHOULD I FOLLOW? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Your study of ATL has prepared you for your personal project. The stages in the development of your personal project will _________________________________________________________ include the following: _________________________________________________________ • exploring and choosing at least one AoI and matching it with _________________________________________________________ a topic which has a clear focus on the dimensions of your _________________________________________________________ chosen AoI(s) • planning the project _________________________________________________________ • gathering the necessary material _________________________________________________________ • working on the project _________________________________________________________ • presenting the outcome (1. the product, 2. the personal _________________________________________________________ statement and 3. your Viva Voce) _________________________________________________________ Remember to record all information and ideas in your process _________________________________________________________ journal. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ ∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ GETTING STARTED _________________________________________________________ This guide is meant to give you ideas, but your own creativity is _________________________________________________________ important. To help you get started, you could: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 1. Remember Personal Projects you have seen from the past years _________________________________________________________ 2. Read the list of sample Personal Projects on page 30 _________________________________________________________ 3. Talk to your family, friends, teachers, supervisor, and Year 12/13's _________________________________________________________ 4. Complete the introductory questionnaire (p. 18) _________________________________________________________ 5. Write down ALL ideas in your process journal _________________________________________________________ 6. Meet with your supervisor (Meeting 1) _________________________________________________________ 7. Decide on your AoI(s) and topic. Fill out the topic selection form, on _________________________________________________________ page 21. 152 17
  18. 18. PERSONAL PROJECT INTRODUCTORY QUESTIONNAIRE The Personal Project, as you are by now aware, requires you to take responsibility for your learning by researching and investigating a project of your choice. The following questions are designed to help you work out what areas you might he interested in pursuing. Fill in Questions 1-9 before you meet with your supervisor for the first time. 1. What Area(s) of Interaction do you find a particular affinity with? 2. What do you do in your spare time ? What are some of your hobbies or interests? 3. What are some of the things you do really well? (e.g. act, play piano or soccer) The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeping new landscapes but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust 18 151
  19. 19. _________________________________________________________ 4. What would you like to be better at? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 5. When it comes to writing, what types of written assignments do you most enjoy and why? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 6. What types of written assignments do you least enjoy and why? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 150 19
  20. 20. 7. Think about your school and wider community. Is there any aspect of your community that really infuriates you? (eg. perhaps there aren't enough trees in your local park). 8. At this point in time, what are some of your ideas for your Personal Project? FINAL FINAL Key Advantages & PERSONAL RESULT Area(s) of Interaction that Disadvantages PROJECT (e.g. CD, are of topic IDEAS Poster, essay, Central to topic VCD, model, (select one or two) etc.) Human Ingenuity Community & Service Environments Health & Social Ed. ATL Human Ingenuity Community & Service Environments Health & Social Ed. ATL Human Ingenuity Community & Service Environments Health & Social Ed. ATL Human Ingenuity Community & Service Environments Health & Social Ed. ATL Human Ingenuity Community & Service Environments Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions them- Health & Social Ed. selves. ATL —Rainer Maria Rilke 20 149
  21. 21. _________________________________________________________ PERSONAL PROJECT TOPIC SELECTION FORM _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 1. Proposed Topic: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 2. What Area(s) of Interaction is central to your topic? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Area of Interaction Explanation of how AOI is central to topic & how you plan to explore the AOI _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ (optional): _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 3. What form of presentation do you have in mind (e.g. essay, CD, _________________________________________________________ work of art, model, etc.)? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 148 21
  22. 22. PP TOPIC SELECTION FORM, continued 4. What is the goal of your personal project? If your goal changes as you go through your PP, write your new goal here: 5. How do you aim to achieve this goal? Be specific. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. —Mohatma Gandhi 22 147
  23. 23. _________________________________________________________ PP TOPIC SELECTION FORM, continued _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 6. What is your personal motivation for this topic? How will you be able to reflect personally on this topic? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 7. Is this a project that will maintain your interest over eight _________________________________________________________ months? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 8. Final Topic Selection Checklist: _________________________________________________________ □ My Personal Project is personal. _________________________________________________________ □ My Personal Project has a clear goal. □ My Personal Project is central to at least one AOI. _________________________________________________________ □ My Personal Project is not related to a specific subject area. _________________________________________________________ □ My Personal Project is a realistic project. _________________________________________________________ □ My Personal Project is something I can investigate and learn about. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ AoI LEADER SIGNATURE(s): ____________________________________ _________________________________________________________ STUDENT’S SIGNATURE: ______________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ SUPERVISOR’S SIGNATURE: ___________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ MRS KRAKE’S SIGNATURE: ____________________________________ 146 23
  24. 24. COMMITMENT CONTRACT Read the following commitment contract carefully and then sign below. I,________________________________ , promise that I will take ad- vantage of this opportunity to direct my own learning. I will respect the deadlines, work independently, seek advice when I need it, meet with my supervisor regularly, and do my best work. If I am unable to meet these responsibilities, I understand that I will be subject to appropriate academic discipline. I also promise that the work I submit will not be plagiarized in any way and that I will document all sources. I understand that plagiarism will re- sult in a grade of "0" which would mean I am unable to receive my MYP Certificate. _______________________________ (student's signature) _______________________________ (supervisor's signature) If I were to begin life again, I should want it as it were. I would only open my eyes a little more. —Jules Kenard 24 145
  25. 25. _________________________________________________________ PLANNING QUESTIONNAIRE _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 1. What material(s) do I need to do my project? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 2. Where do I find the necessary material(s)? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 3. Who has information about my topic? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 144 25
  26. 26. 4. Do I have to carry out my own experiments? If so, describe. 5. Do I need to prepare, circulate and analyse a questionnaire or survey? If so, describe. 6. Do I need to go to libraries other than the school library? If so, which ones? 7. Do I need to visit museums? If so, describe. 8. What other resources in the community might help me? Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. —Vincent Van Gogh 26 143
  27. 27. _________________________________________________________ THE DESIGN CYCLE _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ You are familiar with the design cycle from your DT and IT classes. Use it _________________________________________________________ to help you plan your personal project. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ INVESTIGATION PLAN _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ EVALUATION CREATE A SOLUTION _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 142 27
  28. 28. WHAT IS THE PERSONAL PROJECT? Have you ever wanted to build a musical instrument? Do you have a secret passion to write your own play? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Now is your chance! Your Personal Project is your project to do what you want to do, to show the skills you have developed over the years in your subjects and through the Areas of Interaction, and to apply them to an area or topic on which you decide. The Personal Project holds a place of special importance in the Middle Years Programme, and thus your project must be closely linked to at least one of the Areas of Interaction. Remember, you will be working on this project for an extended period of time, and your grade for the Personal Project is as important as any subject grade, so it needs to be something you really want to do. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PERSONAL PROJECTS? There are a wide variety of forms your Personal Project could take, such as: • an original work of art (e.g. visual, dramatic, performance) • an essay: a written piece of work on a special topic (literary, social, psychological, etc.) • a piece of literary fiction (e.g. creative writing) • an original science experiment • an invention or specially-designed object or system • the presentation of a developed business, management, or organizational plan (i.e. for an entrepreneurial business or project, a special event, or the development of a new student or community organisation). WHAT DOES DOING A PERSONAL PROJECT INVOLVE? Your Personal Project must include a process journal, a product, and a personal statement in the form of a piece of structured writing. If your project is an essay, the essay itself will contain the requirements of the personal statement. HOW DO I START? After you read the student guide (first part of book) and attend the information sessions, go to page 16 for a specific outline of how to get going on your Personal The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or com- Project. ing back with excuses. —Napoleon Hill 28 141
  29. 29. _________________________________________________________ WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A TOPIC? _________________________________________________________ Whatever form you decide on, your Personal Project should: _________________________________________________________ • have a clear and achievable goal _________________________________________________________ • have at least one Area of Interaction which is central to your topic • allow you to express a truly personal message _________________________________________________________ • be the result of your initiative, creativity and ability to organize and _________________________________________________________ plan • reflect your special interests, hobbies, special abilities, or concerns _________________________________________________________ about particular issues _________________________________________________________ • deal with a topic or area to which you are committed _________________________________________________________ • be entirely your own work - plagiarism will result in a grade of "0" which will mean not receiving your MYP certificate _________________________________________________________ Your Personal Project must not: _________________________________________________________ • be part of any assessed course work (current or past) • destroy your personal and social life, nor interfere with your studies, _________________________________________________________ even though it will involve many hours of work _________________________________________________________ • be too closely linked to any specific subject _________________________________________________________ • be a topic you can copy from a book or a general topic (e.g. "Reggae Music"), but should be a question or a challenge you can answer or _________________________________________________________ meet. _________________________________________________________ Additional points to consider: • you must think of the idea first, and then rework it so that one AOI is _________________________________________________________ central to it _________________________________________________________ • your personal project can be written in any of the IB languages _________________________________________________________ (English, French, Spanish, Chinese) • it can be done in cooperation with other students as long as each _________________________________________________________ student's work can be marked individually and separately and the _________________________________________________________ success of the projects is not dependent on each other • it must be completed with the guidance of your supervisor (a teacher _________________________________________________________ at school who does not need to be an expert on your idea). You can _________________________________________________________ get help from other people as long as you record this. WHY DO A PERSONAL PROJECT? _________________________________________________________ • you get to determine what you learn _________________________________________________________ • you can choose something that interests you _________________________________________________________ • you get an opportunity to show your understanding of the Areas of Interaction _________________________________________________________ • it is excellent preparation for the IB-diploma Extended Essay in Years _________________________________________________________ 12 and 13 • you will get an MYP Graduation Certificate if your earn a "3" or more _________________________________________________________ 140 29
  30. 30. SAMPLE PERSONAL PROJECT TOPICS CENTRAL AOI ▫ designing an evening dress and investigating the history of clothing design Human Ingenuity ▫ designing and constructing a beach trolley/chair and exploring the history of such Human Ingenuity ▫ composing a musical score for part of a school play and looking at the history of musicals Human Ingenuity ▫ writing and illustrating a children's book and researching the ways you learn best Approaches to Learning ▫ manipulating digital photographs to heighten their impact and analyze the works of others Human Ingenuity ▫ creating a website for a Karate club Community Service ▫ creating a new sport for a specific age group Health & Social Education ▫ designing and creating a model of an environmentally friendly vehicle Environments ▫ creating a video of ISG and Geneva for new students Community & Service ▫ teaching women in slums to make stuffed dolls Community Service ▫ creating a mural about homelessness and study other such projects Human Ingenuity ▫ creating a documentary on dance and its health benefits Health & Social Education 30 ▫ creating an interactive periodic table website and inquire into its possible influence on learning Human Ingenuity ▫ researching, designing, and constructing jigsaw puzzles for children with research on learning styles Approaches to Learning ▫ designing a healthy menu for the cafeteria Health & Social Education ▫ designing a magazine for teenagers Health & Social Education ▫ writing a collection of poetry concerning risks to the Environment Environments ▫ designing and drawing a mural in a specific location Environments ▫ designing a bicycle path and researching the history and development of other such paths Human Ingenuity ▫ designing and building a solar cooker Environments ▫ designing a lettering style to go with a range of products and investigating its advantages Human Ingenuity ▫ creating and printing new uniforms suitable for teenagers Health & Social Education ▫ writing an essay on computers and dehumanization Health & Social Education ▫ writing a business proposal on how to improve recycling at Nations Environments 139 If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it. —James A. Garfield
  31. 31. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ THE PROCESS JOURNAL _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ & _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ THE PERSONAL STATEMENT _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 138 31
  32. 32. WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR PERSONAL PROJECT In addition to working on your actual “product” you need to keep a process journal throughout the duration of your project and write a personal statement after completing your product (unless you choose to write an essay - in which case you incorporate the essay with the personal statement). A. The PROCESS JOURNAL Your process journal (this book) should have all your rough ideas, rough drawings, ideas you thought of with supervisors or other people, interviews you may have conducted, notes and bibliographic information from sources you may have consulted, reflections on the process itself (challenges, potential solutions), etc. Your process journal is a practical workbook for your rough notes. It need not be neat, but should be honest and filled in regularly to show you how your project is developing. Your process journal will help you write your personal statement and show your level of Personal Engagement with the Project If you run out of pages in this process journal, use another plain notebook for your second one. At least once each week, you should write in your process journal. What should you include in your process journal? • all ideas you have, even if you don't end up using them • a list of what you've done • resources you've consulted (record complete bibliographical details) notes from your research (including interviews) • challenges and difficulties you have, including potential solutions and diagrams, charts, samples, sketches, photos, etc. • an evaluation of your progress (are you achieving your goals?) • areas that you need to improve upon • lists of things to do • information about your focus Area of Interaction and how you believe it is central to your topic • research about the focus Area of Interaction to make the concepts clearer B.The PERSONAL STATEMENT What is a personal statement? • It is the written reflection that you do on your project • It is a thorough reflection on both the process and product • It includes much of what you recorded in your process journal • It is the part of your Personal Project that is assessed That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all • It is PERSONAL. your life, but in a new way. —Doris Lessing 32 137
  33. 33. _________________________________________________________ How should a personal statement be organised? _________________________________________________________ The whole of your Personal Project should be organised as follows: • a title page that includes the title of your project and your name. You can use _________________________________________________________ photos or graphics if you want _________________________________________________________ • an acknowledgements page. This is optional, but it is a chance to acknowledge (or thank) all those people who helped or inspired you in completing your _________________________________________________________ Personal Project _________________________________________________________ • a detailed table of contents (include all subheadings in the main body as well as page numbers. Make your subheadings specific to your topic) _________________________________________________________ • an introduction, defining the goal of the project and an explicit focus on the chosen AOI(s), and providing a detailed outline of how you attend to achieve _________________________________________________________ the goal _________________________________________________________ • a description and reflection of the process, including production steps, the characteristics, aspects, or components of the work and details of the _________________________________________________________ problems/ difficulties encountered and how they were overcome _________________________________________________________ • analysis of the inspiration, research and influences guiding the work, the analysis of the research/findings and decisions made, the resulting product _________________________________________________________ and the process in terms of the goal and its central AOI(s) chosen (if you have chosen to write an essay, the essay itself forms the main part of this analysis) _________________________________________________________ • a conclusion, where you reflect on the impact of your project and on new _________________________________________________________ perspectives that could be considered • the word count, put discreetly after your conclusion _________________________________________________________ • page numbers _________________________________________________________ • charts, diagrams, photos of the process/product (if you include these, you must label them and refer to them in the body of your personal statement. They _________________________________________________________ must also be relevant) • bibliography, properly formatted (for more details on writing bibliographies, see _________________________________________________________ pages 65-68) _________________________________________________________ • an annex, if necessary. If you include one, you must label it and refer to it in the body of your personal statement. (for more details, see page 69.) _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What is a good personal statement? A good personal statement: _________________________________________________________ • gives thorough answers to all the questions that are in the sample outline (see pages 34-35) _________________________________________________________ • can be described by the highest achievement level of the assessment criteria _________________________________________________________ (see pages 46-51) • includes all the relevant information from your process journal (see pp 70-166) _________________________________________________________ • is highly reflective and concise and is a genuine PERSONAL response. _________________________________________________________ How long should the personal statement be? _________________________________________________________ • If your product is creative, your personal statement must be no longer than 3000 words _________________________________________________________ • If your product is an essay, your essay/personal statement (integrated _________________________________________________________ together) must be no longer than 4000 words. 136 33
  34. 34. SAMPLE OUTLINES OF 3 DIFFERENT PPs REQUIRED GENERAL OUTLINE OF SAMPLE 1: ESSAY STRUCTURE PERSONAL STATEMENT (together with personal statement) Title Page Give a clear title (not "Personal Statement") Poverty in my City: How Can it Be that indicates your project Explained? Table of List sections, sub-sections, and page Titles of sections and sub-sections specific Contents numbers (make them specific to your topic) to the essay (and page numbers) Introduction • What is your PP? Areas of Interaction: HSE, Env • What is your goal? Goal: to understand the causes and effects • What Area(s) of Interaction is/are central to of poverty in my city your goal?(describe and justify) Outline: general review of poverty through • How did you aim to achieve this goal? local statistics; main aspects of poverty and (outline) its causes or consequences in terms of health, education, and local environment Description • What techniques did you choose to enable • research by reading various documents of Process you to achieve your goal? and statistics • Why did you choose these techniques and • interview social workers, sociologist, not others: (justify your selection) psychologist, poor people in different parts of the city • analyse police data and information • writing process: planning, drafting, editing Analysis of • What information did you research and how • show contrast between what different the was it relevant to the goal and AoI(s) of sources say about the main causes and inspiration, Your PP? consequences of poverty in my city research and • What evidence do you have to support • analyse how the consequences of poverty influences what you learned? (refer to what you affect health & education of the poor in guiding the learned from doing research; cite what you my city work learned using footnotes, endnote, or • analyse how poverty affects the parenthetical references) environment where people live (may be • What is your personal response to what related to housing, pollution, other factors) you've learned? • review the process in terms of difficulties encountered and ways you attempted to solve them Conclusion • What were the strengths and weaknesses • identify the main causes and of your PP at all the different stages of consequences of poverty in my city that development? affect health, education, and environment, • How could you have tackled the project according to my research differently? • evaluate each step of your process • How would you assess the achieved results strengths and weaknesses (the product) in terms of your goal and the • evaluate the quality of your essay focus on your AoI(s)? • what would you do differently next time? • Can you summarize the overall perspecti- • formulate a new question: how do ves/ideas/conclusions related to your PP? changes in the surrounding environment • What new questions do you now have? improve the quality of life of poor people? Bibliography All works you used should be properly cited Books, newspapers, magazines, in the bibliography (and referred to in the interviews, websites body) Appendices, Include any extra but relevant information in Statistics, graphics, histograms, question- Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? if an appendix. Label each appendix and refer naire used for interviews, other material if —Benjamin Franklin appropriate to it in the body of your writing relevant 34 135
  35. 35. _________________________________________________________ ON POVERTY IN MY CITY _________________________________________________________ SAMPLE 2: MURAL SAMPLE 3: FUND-RAISING _________________________________________________________ (personal statement) (personal statement) Creating a Mural about Poverty in My City Fighting Poverty in My City: A Fund-Raising Drive _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Titles of sections and sub-sections specific to the essay (and page numbers) Titles of sections and sub-sections specific to the essay (and page numbers) _________________________________________________________ Areas of Interaction: Env, C&S Areas of Interaction: C&S Goal: to sensitize people in my school to the conditions of Goal: to find ways in which different groups of people _________________________________________________________ poverty in my city can take action to fight poverty in my city Outline: review poverty in my city; consider ways of con- Outline: review poverty in my city; find out about people _________________________________________________________ veying a feeling & a message; consider how it will impact on the visual environment; draw my way of perceiving it; and organisations fighting poverty; evaluate ways of contributing; consider impact on the community and _________________________________________________________ seek feedback from others; consider the impact on the community; complete the mural; reflect on your service to your contributions; decide on processes, procedures, and beneficiaries; organise the fund drive community _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ • investigate different sources about art and poverty in my • investigate poverty in the city and organizations that city and the possible impact on the visual environment already work with poor people _________________________________________________________ • choose aspects of poverty and the local community to • interview and gather data about needs and possible be reflected in the mural action _________________________________________________________ • choose techniques • choose strategy to organize and publicize the fund • Sketch drive _________________________________________________________ • get feedback and adapt drawing • organize and complete the fund drive • complete final product (and get feedback) • follow up with beneficiaries _________________________________________________________ • show how symbols of poverty are used • briefly describe and analyse the different ways institu- _________________________________________________________ • explain how to produce desired impact in the community tions raise money to fight poverty and how their ac- • show contrast between own interpretation (of symbols, tions make a difference _________________________________________________________ techniques, colours) with feedback of others • analyse the way fund-raising was carried out to make • evaluate the changes introduced to mural it appealing and effective _________________________________________________________ • • analyse the characteristics of the audience analyse the choice of location for the mural to create • review the process in terms of difficulties encountered and how these were overcome _________________________________________________________ social awareness and benefit to the visual environment • analyse the impact on the community of activities such as this _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ • evaluate whether the mural has been able to reflect the environmental problems linked to poverty in the city • reflect on C&S through the impact this type of activity may have on the ones who benefit from fund-raising _________________________________________________________ • evaluate each step of your process, including its strengths and weaknesses • evaluate each step of your process strengths and weaknesses reflect on the impact mural has had on community assess the impact of the project on people who bene- _________________________________________________________ • • formulate new questions: (a) is a mural a good way to • fited from the fund-raising sensitize people to a problem? (b) what other means • review the outcome (money raised vs. expectations), _________________________________________________________ could have been used? involvement of others, responses • evaluate the quality of your mural • indicate other ways to help fight poverty in terms of _________________________________________________________ • what would you do differently next time? • C&S give overall perspective on how the project changed _________________________________________________________ • me evaluate the quality of your organisation • what would you do differently next time? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Books, newspapers, magazines, interviews, websites Books, newspapers, magazines, interviews, websites _________________________________________________________ Pictures, photos, lists of artists, art movements that Questionnaire used for the interview and supporting sta- inspired me tistics 134 35
  36. 36. PERSONAL STATEMENT CHECKLIST Use this checklist after you've completed your personal statement. My title page contains my name and a title that is specific to project (graphics are optional). I have a table of contents that lists page numbers and sub headings that are specific to my topic. I have an introduction. I clearly described what my goal was. I clearly described and justified the AoI(s) that are central to my PP. I gave a detailed outline of how I aimed to achieve my goal. I selected and used a variety of appropriate resources in my personal statement. I analysed/evaluated this information critically. I acknowledged the sources of information properly (i.e, used footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical references in the body of my statement and a properly cited bibliography after the conclusion). I chose and described the applied techniques/steps relevant to my PP's goal. I explained why I chose a specific technique (or made a specific decision) and not another one (e.g. why I chose a certain colour/ image/idea etc.). Where appropriate, I included photos or diagrams or graphs that are clearly labeled and integrated into the text. I analysed the information I learned/used in terms of my goal(s). I analysed the information I discovered in terms of my AOI focus. I expressed personal thought/opinion. I supported arguments with evidence. A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life I responded thoughtfully to my ideas and inspiration for the Personal spent doing nothing. Project. —George Bernard Shaw 36 133
  37. 37. _________________________________________________________ PERSONAL STATEMENT CHECKLIST, continued _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ I discussed to what extent my initial goal was achieved in relation to my end product. _________________________________________________________ I assessed the quality of my product and what I learned in terms of my AOI _________________________________________________________ focus. I identified the strengths and weaknesses of my project at different stages. _________________________________________________________ I explained what I would do differently next time if I were to do this again. I discussed what new questions or ideas I have about my product/topic now _________________________________________________________ that I have finished it. _________________________________________________________ I reflected on what I learned about myself from doing this project. _________________________________________________________ I put the word count after my conclusion, before my bibliography. _________________________________________________________ My bibliography is properly cited and ordered alphabetically. _________________________________________________________ (Optional): I put extraneous information in an appendix. ⇒ If I used appendices, I labeled each one clearly with Appendix A (or _________________________________________________________ B...) as well as a specific title. _________________________________________________________ ⇒ If I used appendices, I referred to each one in the body of my personal statement (e.g. In Appendix A....). _________________________________________________________ ⇒ If I used appendices, I put them after the bibliography. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ I used sub-headings specific to my topic throughout the body of my personal statement. _________________________________________________________ I presented information clearly and neatly: _________________________________________________________ I typed my project in an easy-to-read font. I used standard margins. _________________________________________________________ I put page numbers on each page. I spell-checked my personal statement. _________________________________________________________ I edited my personal statement carefully. _________________________________________________________ I collated (stapled or put in folder or bound) my personal statement. I expressed reflective thinking in a concise and precise manner (avoided _________________________________________________________ repetition and needless words). _________________________________________________________ I adhered to the word count (less than 3000 words for a creative project; less than 4000 words for a combined essay/personal statement). _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ I reviewed the assessment criteria (pages 46-51) to make sure my personal _________________________________________________________ statement is the best I can make it. I completed the self-assessment form on pages 62-64 after I finished the final _________________________________________________________ copy of my personal statement. _________________________________________________________ I am proud of my personal statement. 132 37
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