Innovation, Novelty and Creativity in the Gr. 10 Personal Projectby Katy-Jean Vance, Literacy and Research Center Leader
The Personal Project is one of the most exciting projects that a student will complete during their time at YIS. It is the culminating project in the Middle Years Program (MYP), an opportunity for the students to showcase their abilities to independently inquire into a topic of their choice. Through this work, they also demonstrate an understanding of different Approaches to Learning skills such as research & information literacy skills, critical thinking skills and communication skills. While much of their education throughout the MYP has allowed them to follow their independent inquiries within their courses, this is their first opportunity since the PYP Exhibition to conduct a completely self-guided inquiry from beginning to end.
Over the course of eight months, with the guidance of a faculty mentor, students
- Identify a problem, challenge or concern that they want to address
- Research their chosen topic
- Determine a product that will help address that topic
- Develop success criteria for their product
- Create their product
- Share & celebrate their product
- Write/present a report reflecting on their process
The Personal Project Exhibition to celebrate the hard work of our Grade 10 students will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, in the Auditorium. It is open to parents of all students. The evening is guaranteed to be a special celebration of our students' accomplishments. We hope to see you there.
To get an idea of the influence a Personal Project can have on society, have a look at Kana's video about her project on the illegal trade of the endangered animal, the Slow Loris, from last year's exhibition. Her digital book, Dr. Slow Loris Got It!, is being used by the NGO Little Fireface Project to educate the local population in Indonesia, and by the Japan Wildlife Conservation Society since Japan is the largest market for slow lorises. It tells the story of a kind-hearted doctor named Dr. Slow Loris who goes around the world to help other slow lorises who are in need of help.