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What is the Personal Project?
ISI students start their Upper School experience in the Middle Years Programme (MYP), spanning from Grade 6 to Grade 10. The Personal Project, completed by Grade 10 students, is a student-centered exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the MYP. This project helps formally assess their Approaches to Learning skills and allows students to learn more about self management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking as well as collaboration.
Due to the project being unique in its nature, every submission is different for every student. If one student enjoys learning about the arts and another student finds a passion for the sciences, their projects are going to reflect those specific areas of interest. In past years, students at ISI have created projects in topics such as fashion trends, quilting, electric models, engineering, 3D paper cutting art, poetry, and the environmental pesticide usage. All students complete a process journal, a product to be presented, and a written report.
Even though the Personal Project heavily leans on independent learning, students have a large support system composed of the MYP coordinator, teacher supervisors, parents, peers, and the local community. These individuals lead students in creating an environment of self regulated learning, personal engagement, and global competence. They help guide students with research and resources, create timelines and goals, and offer emotional and educational support.
The Personal Project applies real world issues and topics to what students learn in the classroom, and teaches them how to take their education to the next level. The project aims to challenge students and give them the opportunity to explore their own personal interests and make an impact in their community.