Welcome to the Huron Personal Project website!
On this page, you will find information about the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Project at Huron High School.
"You can do what you set your mind to. You told us what was important to you....and now we can look at what you did." Please watch the video below to hear from Huron students and Huron IB Facilitator Todd Newell on the benefits fo the Huron Personal Project.
What is the Personal Project?
The Personal Project is the culminating event of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in the first semester of 10th grade and showcases individual student inquiry learning. During the course, students pursue a personal interest while applying the skills developed through the MYP Approaches to Learning including:
- Research skills
- Thinking skills
- Self-management skills
- Communication skills
- Social skills.
Why is the Personal Project important?
The Personal Project is regarded as a marker that defines readiness for learning opportunities in high school and beyond.
- All Huron students: Huron students distinguish themselves from other high school students by explaining their work to select a project, plan it, carry out the plan, evaluate its effectiveness, and reflect on their growth.
- Huron college bound students: Huron students can share they've completed the IB Middle Years Programme and refer to their Personal Project work in their college admissions essays and scholarship applications.
- Huron students entering the trades or job market: Huron students connect their Personal Project work to showing their preparedness as a part of a trade school application or job application.
During the course, students fulfill the following aims:
- Participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context:
- Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
- Demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
- Communicate effectively in a variety of situations
- Demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.
What do students do in the Personal Project?
Students are guided to follow a process for learning that includes:
- Define a clear goal for the project, based on personal interests
- Identify prior learning relevant to the project
- Demonstrate research skills
- Develop criteria for the product of the project
- Plan and record the developmentprocess of the project
- Demonstrate self-management skills
C) Taking action
- Create a product in response to their investigation and planning
- Demonstrate thinking skills
- Demonstrate communication and social skills
- Evaluate the quality of the product
- Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic
- Reflect on their development as an learner through the project.
While completing the Personal Project, students will be guided through the above criteria and will also receive important instruction connected to research and presentation skills.