Diving into MYP Projects: What Does it Mean and Why Your Child Needs it?

On May 8, 2020,

Be it the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, or even the IB Diploma – at all stages of education at Mount Litera School International, our ultimate aim is to offer children unique opportunities to expand their wings and grow exponentially across all facets. This can be done through a variety of different ways – teaching methods, course structures, extracurricular activities, and community/personal projects. All these different elements play a role in augmenting a child’s learning process in one way or the other.

Through the Middle Years Programme (MYP) projects, students experience the accountability and dedication required in completing a taxing piece of work over a long period of time. The MYP projects stimulate students to ponder their learning and the outcomes of their work – key abilities that equip them for success in further education, workplace, and society.

All students who complete IB MYP are required to research, curate and complete a personal project. As per the IB board, all MYP Year 5 students at MLSI are registered for external moderation of the personal project. This helps in encouraging a global standard of quality and evaluation. MYP projects are student-centric and age-appropriate, and also permit students to engage in practical and in-depth explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.

This long-term project is intended to be a self-sufficient learning experience of roughly twenty-five hours. As stated by the IB, the personal project formally evaluates students’ skills on the following parameters – self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. The personal project encourages students to practice and strengthen the above-mentioned skills, to link classroom learning interactions with personal experience, and lastly to help them develop their own interests for lifelong learning.

The fundamental aims of the personal project include –

  • Active participation in a sustained, self-directed inquiry and analysis which would be evaluated on a global and standardized scale.
  • To cultivate the ability to generate creative new insights and develop research-driven understanding through in-depth analysis.
  • Actively pick up and then demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and values required to complete a project over a predefined period of time.
  • Grasp communication and verbal skills.
  • Build a sense of self-confidence and ownership for one’s work

The personal project not only helps students build much-required skills, but also serves as an engaging and interactive activity to keep them interested in the school’s curriculum. Not all components of an education structure should be limited to book-learning and examinations and the personal project is a perfect example of how to educate students in a fresh and vibrant manner