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MYP personal projects allow students to showcase and reflect on their learning in the last year of the IB MYP. The age-appropriate projects enable students to engage in practical and self-directed learning through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. Supporting students on this journey while keeping track of guidelines and criteria is no easy feat!  Use our step-by-step supervisor handbook to better understand the expectations of your role as a personal project supervisor. Get actionable strategies for guiding your students and ready-to-use student support material.

What you’ll learn about:

  • Key responsibilities of a personal project supervisor
  • How to support students in inquiry, reflection and action stages of the project

Related Resources
If this is your first time as a supervisor, or you’re just getting started with the personal project, check out the ‘Introduction to the Personal Project’ video and get a quick overview. This is easily shareable with students, your teaching teams, and parents as well!

Authors
Sarah Phillips
Principal at Eastgate Academy, Moncton Canada
Dina Katafago
IBMYP Coordinator / MYS Deputy Head (Academic) at Amman Baccalaureate School
Patricia Villegas
Experienced IBEN educator

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Sarah Phillips
Sarah recently worked as the Senior Curriculum Manager for the MYP at the IB Global Center in the Hague before returning to Canada. With over 20 years of experience in many roles including camp counsellor, teacher, consultant and workshop leader, she has a great passion for student-centered, inquiry-based teaching and learning.
Dina Katafago
Dina Katafago Elias is an IB educator (IBEN) and an examiner for Personal Project, English Language and Literature and Interdisciplinary Learning. She is a Workshop Leader and has delivered workshops on Personal Project, Approaches to Learning and The Power and Impact of Digital Assessment. Previously, she was a Personal Project Coordinator and ATL Leader. Dina was involved in redeveloping the IBMYP Personal Project Workshop Leader material. Currently, Dina is also a Trainer of Teachers with the University of Wisconsin Stout’s programme: Development in Early Childhood: Working with Young Children. At present, she is the Deputy Head of the Middle Years (Academic) and the IBMYP Coordinator at the Amman Baccalaureate School. She has an MA in Leadership from the University of Wales and a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies from the University of Bath.
Patricia Villegas
Patricia Villegas has been an experienced IB educator (IBEN) in the Americas region since 2002. She was principal examiner for MYP personal project and examiner for interdisciplinary. Patricia consulted on MYP Next Chapter and e-assessment. She participated in the MYP interdisciplinary e-assessment as examiner in English and senior examiner in Spanish. She was involved in the guide reviews of the previous personal project guides,the interdisciplinary teaching and learning guide and most recently worked with the Language acquisition guide and in the provision of teachers support material (TSM). At present she is an MYP site visitor, workshop leader and PC faculty manager for MYP projects. Patricia holds a master's degree in Education Management from Bath University (UK). She has worked as DP TOK and history and MYP teacher and personal project coordinator, Humanities and Language Acquisition teacher in the past and has over 30 years of experience in the education sector. At present, she is the Deputy Head of the Middle Years (Academic) and the IBMYP Coordinator at the Amman Baccalaureate School. She has an MA in Leadership from the University of Wales and a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies from the University of Bath.
Coordinator's Corner, MYP
Personal Project Supervisor Handbook
MYP personal projects allow students to showcase and reflect on their learning in the last year of the IB MYP. The age-appropriate projects enable students to engage in practical and self-directed learning through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. Supporting students on this journey while keeping track of guidelines and criteria is no easy feat! Use our step-by-step Supervisor Handbook to better understand the expectations of your role as a personal project supervisor. Get actionable strategies for guiding your students and ready-to-use student support material.