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Personal Project

What is the Personal Project?

  • signature piece to mark what you are capable of doing by the end of the MYP program
  • Based on your interests, talents, passion, subject knowledge and skills
  • Results in
    • a product (with processes documented in a portfolio/ folder/ journal of your choice)
    • a learning goal,
    • a report
  • requirement to complete the MYP certification
  • To spend about 25 hours over a one year time, from grade 9 – 10
  • An opportunity to do something really creative, original and meaningful

 

MYP Personal Project Objectives

 

 

 

 

Objective A: Planning                                                        

Students should be able to:

  • state a learning goal for the project and explain how a personal interest led to that goal
  • state an intended product and develop appropriate success criteria for the product
  • present a clear, detailed plan for achieving the product and its associated success criteria

 

Objective B: Applying skills

Students should be able to:

  • explain how the ATL skill(s) was/were applied to help achieve their learning goal
  • explain how the ATL skill(s) was/were applied to help achieve their product

 

Objective C: Reflecting

Students should be able to:

  • explain the impact of the project on themselves or their learning
  • evaluate the product based on the success

Introduction

Sometimes you are not sure the copyright law and whether you can use a picture/ photographs in your work. If you are confused about the Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons, and Public Domain, try to figure out their differences in this flowchart.

Public Domain Images

Pictures in these website are free for personal use. Since they are under public domain, attribution is not required.

 

Creative Commons Images

These resources provide Creative Commons Images, you need to attribute the creator by citing your sources in your work. The site will show you how.

 

Creative Commons Music

These resources provide Creative Commons Images, you need to attribute the creator by citing your sources in your work. The site will show you how.

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What are the Approaches to Learning (ATL)?

The ATL skills framework supports and empowers learning across & beyond the academic curriculum.

  • ATL are deliberate strategies, skills, and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and learning environment.
  • ATL supports the IB belief that a student’s education is largely influenced not only by what is learned but how learning occurs.
  • Teaching students how to learn has always been a part of the IB approach, but now the IB is providing more explicit support for teaching these skills, aligning the Diploma Programme (DP) with the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
  • Focusing on ATL will improve the quality of teaching and learning across the Programs and may result in more engaged teachers and students.

 

(Extracted from Approaches to teaching and learning in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme)

What are the ATL skills?

Click here to see how you can apply ATL into your learning and daily life.

What is Process Journal?

It is to record every bit of progress you make in your PP, file in the EVIDENCE

  1. Determine the easiest method for you to keep record of all progress making for your Supervisor and tutor to see (eg/ Google Presentation, Document, Folder by Stage/ Month?…)
  2. Process Journal evidence is what you will use at the start of every meeting with your Supervisor to inform them what progress since the last time you saw them
  3. What you put in the journal should be a variety of evidence and by the end of the Project, you may have…

Important Information about the Process Journal

Not submitted in full; you pick and choose the best evidence for your Report

 

Supervisor signs off your Academic Honesty Form to acknowledge that they’ve seen the progress your Report mentions

 

Lack of progress would result in follow-up actions from your Supervisors, tutors and parents SO… ALWAYS keep your Supervisor posted if encountering problems and be VERY honest about it so that they can help you out

Evidence

You should select individual extracts to represent the key developments of your project. The selected extracts should be able to demonstrate how you have addressed each of the objectives, or annotate extracts to highlight this information.

An extract may include:

• visual thinking diagrams

• bulleted lists

• charts

• short paragraphs

• notes • timelines, action plans

• annotated illustrations

• annotated research

• artifacts from inspirational visits to museums, performances, galleries

• pictures, photographs, sketches

• up to 30 seconds of visual or audio material

• screenshots of a blog or website

• self and peer assessment feedback.

Important

If students need to collect primary data by approaching people, like students or professionals outside of school, the methods and questions asked must be verified by either the student’s Supervisor or Coordinator BEFORE students can approach the surveyee.

Once approved, the student can contact the below teachers if the data collection requires the participation of our school’s students:

Grade 6 – Ms. Li;       Grade 7 – Ms. Stitch and Mr. Stewards;

Grade 8 – Mr. Bradley-Barnard       Grade 9 – Mr. Darwin;

Grade 10 – Ms. Kamy; Grade 11 – Mr. Watts; Grade 12 – Ms. Goulbourne

*note, it is NOT a requirement that the PP conducts a survey, please speak to Ms. June Li if you need more information

Design a Survey

Methods to Collect Methods to Record
﹒Consider qualitative or quantitative data ﹒Consider electronic or paper
﹒Questionnaire, surveys ﹒Pre-made template for note-taking
﹒Interviews ﹒Production of tables, graphs, (sketch-)maps
﹒Observation ﹒Checklists
﹒Experiment ﹒Mind-maps
﹒Measurements ﹒Creation of visuals: timeline, diagram

Examples




What is MLA?

MLA style was created by the Modern Language Association of America. It is a set of rules for publications, including research papers.

There are two parts to MLA: In-text citations and the Works Cited list.

In MLA, you must “cite” sources that you have paraphrased, quoted or otherwise used to write your research paper. Cite your sources in two places:

  1. In the body of your paper where you add a brief in-text citation.
  2. In the Works Cited list at the end of your paper where you give more complete information for the source.

Modern Language Association Style Handbook: 9th edition


The 9th edition of the MLA Handbook provides a “universal set of guidelines” for citing sources for ALL types. 

Cover ArtMLA Handbook by The Modern Language Association of America

Call Number: 808.027 MLA
ISBN: 9781603293518
Publication Date: 2021

 

 

 

In addition to the handbook, MLA also offers The MLA Style Center, a website that provides additional instruction and resources for writing and formatting academic papers. https://style.mla.org/

Resources

Automatic Citation Generators

Here are some citation generators that help you to cite in MLA format. Please be aware that automatically generated citations may not provide accurate results. If you decided to use a citation generator, then take enough time to make necessary corrections. Remember, it is your responsibility to double-check your works!

What is APA?

APA referencing style is an author-date referencing system published by the American Psychological Association. It is a set of rules for publications, including research papers.

There are two parts in the APA referencing style: In-text citations and the Reference list.

With anything that you have read, used and referred to in your academic writing, you must:

  1.  1. acknowledge in text (i.e. in the work / assignment/ essay you are writing)
  2.  2. include in your reference list (i.e. the list at the end of your work of all the sources you refer to)

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: 7th edition

The 7th edition of the Publication manual of the APA provides a “universal set of guidelines” for citing sources for ALL types. 

 

Cover Art Publication manual of the American Psychological Association : the official guide to APA style by American Psychological Association.

Call Number: 808.06615 AME
ISBN: 9781433832161
Publication Date: 2019

 

 

In addition to the handbook, APA also offers online resources for students in their website. The website provides additional instruction and resources for writing and formatting academic papers. https://apastyle.apa.org/

Resources

Automatic Citation Generators

Here are some citation generators that help you to cite in APA format. Always remember to select the right citation style. Please be aware that automatically generated citations may not provide accurate results. If you decided to use a citation generator, then take enough time to make necessary corrections. Remember, it is your responsibility to double-check your works!

Academic Honesty at ISF

In accordance with the values of the IB Learner Profile and ISF’s Eight Virtues + One, students are expected to be principled, to demonstrate personal integrity in all that they do, and to avoid situations that bring their honesty and integrity into question. The guiding principles at The ISF are created to support students in their development 1 of social responsibility and to teach them appropriate behavioral responses to behavior in accordance with these core values.

In order to exemplify these core values, students are expected to be honest in all their endeavors. Thus, they have the satisfaction of knowing that their level of achievement reflects their ability, and they earn the respect of their peers, parents, and teachers.

Students should recognize that they are ultimately responsible for their own work and that the consequences of any breaches of the standard of academic honesty will be theirs alone. They should speak to teachers regularly about their work and show drafts of it at various stages in the production process. They should ask teachers and librarians for advice if they are at any time unsure of what they have done in relation to referencing sources.

Students need to ensure that they are aware of the contents of the Academic Honesty Student Guide in the Secondary Moodle for their grade level and of the incumbent responsibilities as students at ISF.

(Extracted from ISF Academic Honesty Policy)