Introduction to Personal Project: Why do we do it? The Personal Project takes place at the end of MYP, in Grade 10. It is a project in which the students are assessed on all the skills they have learned in the middle years. It also trains the students to be able to stick to action plans, to research, to be academically honest and complete long-term tasks.
Ishani: My Personal Project is about the Golden Ratio in photography. What is it? How is it present in our everyday life? My goal is to make others aware and help them with improving the quality of their photography using the Golden Ratio. For my final product I am going to make an educational video, which will be shown to Grade 8. I think that the Personal Project is a wonderful way to work on something that we are passionate about and help others in the process. This complete freedom can actually make it more difficult. It can become stressful because it is added work with regular school.An example of Ishani’s work on the Golden Ratio in photography
Remus: My Personal Project is about producing my own music album, “Around the World of Jazz”. My goal is to introduce the audience to jazz. The album has songs from different jazz sub genres, recorded in my home studio (a laptop, an external soundboard, and a microphone). Featured are piano, suitcase piano, guitar, xylophone and various percussion instruments. One of the biggest challenges is sticking to the plan and completing tasks in time. It is also difficult to justify changes made to the songs, because music is a lot about taste. But the result makes it all worth it. I have never done this before, and I am gaining a lot of experience in the domain.
Hannah: I’m making a 2D animated short film for my Personal Project. 2D animation means that every frame is hand drawn, whether on paper or on a computer. Some examples of 2D animated films are Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, The Jungle Book, and Aladdin. The research deadline was in November, so I’ve gathered lots of research. I’ve watched some movies and short films to analyse their animation styles. I’m reading tons of books on the subject, most written by Disney animators, who pioneered the art of 2D animation. Personal Project is a lot of work because you have to do it on top of your normal schoolwork and extra curriculars.
Friendly note to current ninth graders: You will have no free time next year if you hope to have a good Personal Project. So hug your social life and sleep schedule goodbye! 🙂
by Remus, Hannah, and Ishani, Grade 10
Golden Ratio symbol: Wikipedia; Music Icon: Freepic.com; Mouse cartoon: Disney/Pixar; photo: Ishani