Introduction to the MYP Personal Project
The personal project is a significant student-directed inquiry produced over an extended period, completed during year 5 of the MYP. It holds an important place in the MYP and reflects the student’s experience of the programme. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and creative work of their choice and to demonstrate the skills they have developed through approaches to learning. It offers students many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to their individual needs. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should be based around a topic that motivates and interests the student. The process of completing the personal project contributes to the development of students in different ways. It is a student-centred, age-appropriate project that helps students construct their own conceptual understandings. It is a commitment to developing independent, lifelong learners as reflected in the IB learner profile.
Along with the eight subject groups, the five areas of interaction form the core of the programme. Addressed through the subject groups, the areas of interaction provide contexts for learning and contribute to the holistic learning of the student. They are central to the experience of the personal project: whatever form the personal project takes, it must allow the student to investigate and focus on a topic and/or issue through an area of interaction. The outcome or product of a personal project will vary depending on the nature of the goal of the project and the focus area of interaction.
The personal project includes a process journal, an outcome or product and a report, as detailed in the “Completing the personal project” section of the guide.
The characteristics of the personal project can make it an attractive, rewarding experience for all. Students may discover a sense of autonomy and confidence in their own learning and it can be very rewarding for supervisors to work with individual students and see their development.