MYP Personal Projects

Catherine Chiuco

During the first week of school, G9 students created a vision board in their English class.  This learning task is so much more than merely cutting out magazine pictures or images from the internet and gluing them onto a sheet of A3 board.  A vision or dream board is a powerful tool for turning the individual’s dreams into a reality.  Students were invited to take the time to consider thoughtfully the message that they wished their personalized boards to convey and how they wanted them to look.

G9 Vision Boards

During the first week of school, G9 students created a vision board in their English class.  This learning task is so much more than merely cutting out magazine pictures or images from the internet and gluing them onto a sheet of A3 board.  A vision or dream board is a powerful tool for turning the individual’s dreams into a reality.  Students were invited to take the time to consider thoughtfully the message that they wished their personalized boards to convey and how they wanted them to look.  They focused on six goals:

Cristiano (G9) shared his dreams and visions with members of his G9 English class via his vision board.

Khadija (G9) presented her three personal and school goals by focusing on ‘the Why?’, ‘the What?’ and ‘the How?’

On Tuesday, 10 September and Wednesday, 11 September at 5.00 pm through to 6.15 pm in the Room D (Upper Floor), two IB MYP Information sessions took place.

The purpose of these sessions was to set out the main features of the IB MYP, and to provide parents NEW to the IB MYP with a summary of the programme implemented at ISL Qatar from Grade 6 through to Grade 10.  Parents were introduced to the basic principles of the framework and active learning strategies practised in the ISL Qatar classroom. 

In small collaborative groups and armed with jars of Play Doh, parents were encouraged to explore a central component of all three of the ISL Qatar IB programmes: international-mindedness.

A little later in the evening, parents explored various types of inquiry-based learning with the help of a tin of buttons. 

Ms. Jeffery presented an understanding of the Service and Action as part of the programme’s philosophy and as part of the IB continuum.  Mr. Hasanov was also on hand to introduce parents to ManageBac, the school’s online learning platform and its role in helping parents support their children’s learning.

Parents can access the PPT slides to this year’s MYP Information session here.

 

The G10 Personal Project Information Session

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 17 September, six Grade 11 students – Grace Knight, Allan Gomez, Rasel Althwandi, Youssef Barakat, and Jason Taylor – led the MYP Personal Project Information session arranged for parents of G10 students. In turn, each one of the G11 students shared the strategies that they found most helpful in completing this important component of the programme last year; and suggested some tools that might help students manage learning.  Allan advised the students not to disregard the importance of self-reflection and procrastination; and Grade 11 representatives emphasized the important role that parents can play in supporting the well-being of their children during this student-directed and managed inquiry.

Parents can access the PPT slides to this year’s MYP Personal Project session here.

  

The G10 Personal Project Exhibition Interview

Our Grade 10 students are asking the ISL Qatar parent community to volunteer their time (30 minutes) so that they can gain a real-world experience through an ‘exhibition interview’ to showcase their knowledge and skills from their personal project journey.  The students will be ‘paired up’ and interviewed by the volunteer as a pair.  This will ease any potential nerves on their part.  Each interview is scheduled to last for approximately 30 minutes and each parent volunteer will be provided with a list of possible prompts/questions. 

If any parent (from across ALL sections of the school) would like to offer their time and expertise to help our students on Tuesday, 15 January 2020 (specific times to be confirmed), please let Ms. Jeffery know as soon as possible.