Personal project: Principled action
In the personal project, action involves individual choices that extend MYP learning beyond knowledge and understanding to include not only socially responsible attitudes but also thoughtful and appropriate action, initiated and applied by the student as a result of the learning process.
While the principled action in the personal project may not result in a specific form of service with the community, the inquiry process remains the same.
Students’ learning process in the MYP personal project involves action in a wide range of forms, including:
- developing an area of personal interest beyond the subject-specific curriculum
- sharing their new understandings with their peers, teachers and family
- changing their behavior in response to their learning and recognizing that they are able to make a difference through the decisions they make and the things they do.
While principled action may not always be clearly or immediately visible or measurable, students are prompted to record and reflect on how what they have learned has impacted their attitudes and behavior.
The process of reflection should be carried out throughout the project, not just at the end. Students are encouraged to reflect regularly on their inquiry process and on the actions they have taken at various stages of their project.
The development of the personal project will follow the same stages as the community project: investigating, planning, taking action, reflecting and demonstrating. In the case of the personal project, the report will become the demonstration of the first four stages: a summary of the students’ processes of investigation, planning, actions and reflections.
The process journal
Information on these pages is from the MYP Subject Guides and the MYP Project Guide. International Baccalaureate Organization. 2014. Print.