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Personal Project Cycle Diagram

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Simple animated version, made in gifmaker.me

To add to the Cycle Diagram frenzy of my last few months, here’s one for the Personal Project. Although the MYP Projects Guide has one that covers the Community and Personal Projects combined, I wanted to make one to focus on PP alone, and which could be used as a process guide for the Project.

It needed to be immediately recognizable as a type of Design Cycle and to be in line with the experimental cycle (and other disciplinary cycles). This is a deliberate effort to promote a design-thinking approach through the programme, as well as to visualize elements of inquiry in different contexts without having to use too many forms, sheet or texty documents. I also wanted to connect it as closely as possible with the Service Learning Cycle, to highlight how well suited a good service learning project would be for a Personal Project.

To highlight the central nature of the Approaches to Learning to the success of the Project, I’ve taken the “demonstrate [named ATL skill” strands and collected them in the middle, adding reflection for symmetry. The command term-based statements around the outside represent observable outcomes or checkpoints, most of which are taken from the objective strands.

Some outcomes have been added or edited, based on our experiences, to make the actions more explicit. These include adding ‘meaningful’ to the goal, and a focus on the Process Journal in planning. To connect more closely to the Service Learning Cycle, and to recognize the importance of the student-mentor relationship, I added ‘establish a relationship with your supervisor’ to the start of the Planning phase. In order to emphasize a focus on quality of Projects, I split up the Taking Action phase into three actions, ensuring an interim opportunity for reflection and improvement. The Reflecting phase is largely untouched.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, please leave them in the comments below, or reply to this thread on Twitter.

EDITS

  • 12 March: Based on a second-look and feedback from Twitter (thanks Martin Jones), Draft 2 has Process Journal take a more central role, with ‘rigorous’ added to the success criteria and ‘organize materials’ added to the planning phase.

Final Version (for now)

This one’s the final version for now – my plan was to get the sections to link to supporting resources, but it doesn’t embed on WordPress and keep the links, as you see in the centre (as far as I know).

A little extra…

  • Here’s the GoogleDrawing file, so you can have a fiddle. Please attribute appropriately.
  • Here are some images that focus on each section in turn.

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Author: Stephen

Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Formerly MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher and missing it terribly. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer.

17 thoughts on “Personal Project Cycle Diagram

  1. Great Work. I would like to utilize your Design and incorporate it into my Project Guide and create links to activities, which will in turn become process journal entries.

  2. This cycle design looks perfect for inclusion in a Personal Project Handbook I’m currently writing.
    Do I have your permission to use it (with citation, of course!) Thanks.

  3. Fantastic work Stephen. I would like to modify it to align more with the community project instead of the personal project. Is the following an appropriate citation for you: adapted from the Personal Project Cycle by Stephen Taylor (@iBiologyStephen)?

  4. Hi Stephen – this is awesome! Well done. Can I use this (with citation) on my Personal Project Wall display and in our student workbook guide?

  5. This is great. I would like to use the “googlefiddle” version for a parent coffee morning session on the Personal Project I’m running this week.

  6. Beautiful work, Stephen! I’d like to tweakfiddle and include in our PP Handbook for 2017-2018. Thank you!

  7. Stephen,

    I essentially left this same comment on the I Biology site but I did not want to take any chances missing you…

    The diagrams you have worked up here are fantastic. I really would like to make use of them in my teaching & research but I am having a difficult time ascertaining how to properly cite you. Is this blog the only place you have published this or have you gotten it into a journal and I am just missing that link? Again, well done.

    Joshua

  8. Hi Stephen, May I use the cycle diagram you made with proper attribution in my IB MYP CAT 2 I&S presentation? Thanks Monique

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