Both a highlight and a challenge for all BIS students in Grade 10: The Personal Project
The Personal Project is the challenging highlight for all Grade 10 students at Bavarian International School (BIS) - and a significant completion of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), which runs from Grade 6 to 10. The 15- to 17-year-old students choose a personal topic and a goal to achieve, work on the project supported with a teacher-supervisor and must fulfill three components: the project documentation (process journal), the product (or outcome) and the reflective report of more than 3,500 words.
“The Personal Project provides students with the opportunity to consolidate their learning and develop important skills they will need in both further education and life beyond the classroom. It also helps them develop confidence to become principled, lifelong learners.” - International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), 2021.
The topic can be freely chosen by the students, based on five global contexts: Identities and relationships, dimensions of space and time, fairness and development, globalisation and sustainability and personal and cultural expression. The final report is the most important component of the Personal Project and also has the greatest impact on the final grade, for which there are four criteria: investigating, planning, taking action and reflecting.
The Personal Project is not only the academic highlight for all Grade 10 students, but in addition, it is a wonderful example of acquiring extra skills outside of the classroom, such as self-management, project and time planning, research, self-confidence, communication, critical and creative thinking and collaboration.
“It is a significant body of work produced over the course of the year and is a work of student’s own initiative that reflects their experience of the Middle Years Programme”, says Hermione Paddle, Head of Theory of Knowledge and Personal Project Coordinator of BIS.
This year, our Grade 10 students will exhibit their Personal Project on May 12. Thanks to a donation of two large marquee tents from a BIS parent, the students can exhibit their projects in-person and on campus in Haimhausen.
Check out our social media channels (i.e. Facebook or Instagram) to discover some outstanding examples of Personal Projects from our students!