Personal Projects from BSGE’s 10th Graders Reply

In order to complete the Middle Years Program, the 10th graders are required to do the Personal Project. The Personal Project is an independent project that gives each of the 10th grade students the freedom to choose or create a topic of their choice and interest. The Personal Project process begins in the summer after the 9th grade where the students use the summer break to brainstorm topics and begin initial research on their topic. The 10th graders are also required to incorporate two of the four Areas of Interaction into their projects. The Personal Project process is organized into four phases; the planning stage, the research stage, the creation stage and the reflection stage. The completion of the Personal Projects takes up the majority of the 10th grade year. The 10th graders are given time in advisory to work on their projects but they are expected to work on a majority of their projects at home. The 10th graders are also required to have a process journal so they can document their Personal Project process. The 10th graders, after completing the product for their Personal Project, have to present their Personal Projects to the 7th, 8th and 9th graders. A few 10th graders were interviewed about their Personal Projects and how they are handling the process so far.

Name: Grace Camia

1)    Personal Project topic?

Comic Books vs. Reality

2)    Why did you choose this topic?

“I got the inspiration for the idea when one of my friends asked if we could do a comic book together. I took this idea a step further to see if I can incorporate some personal aspect in order to create a personal project topic around it. I wanted to show how the perception of superheroes changes with age and how everyday people could be superheroes. I decided to incorporate the teachers into my comic book idea and turn them into superheroes and give them powers so I could show that everybody has something special about them.”

3)    How is the Personal Project process going? Is it challenging or easy? Why?

“I’m a little behind schedule and I still have a lot to do in creating a functional story and developing the comic book. It’s also stressful and overwhelming to try to make everything look nice and presentable. I just want to have a good Personal Project after doing all this research and work for it.”

4)    What has been the hardest part of the process so far?

“I think the hardest part for me was having my supervisor changed. The benefit of having my supervisor changed was that I got the experience of having two different supervisors and having multiples insights and points of view on how I could improve my Personal Project. But it was challenging and confusing in the sense where I received different, opposing advice on what should be done for my project.”

5)    Is there anything that you have enjoyed or liked about the Personal Project so far?

“At first, the Personal Project seemed intimidating since we started talking more about college and how we have to become more independent. But I like my Personal Project topic and the concept of how I can be creative with it and make my own choices when creating my own comic book. I’m also hoping that my presentation will turn out well!”

Name: Nahin Ferdousi

1)    Personal Project topic?

Symbolism of Henna

2)    Why did you choose this topic?

“Henna is a part of my culture and has been a part of my family so I wanted to learn more about the designs and the significance of Henna.”

3)    How is the Personal Project process going? Is it challenging or easy? Why?

“I actually finished my Personal Project already. I started doing the research and work for my Personal Project in the summer and I also made my own designs. Throughout the school year, I kept designing Henna, working on my Personal Project and doing any necessary research for it.”

4)    What has been the hardest part of the process so far?

“The hardest part was conducting all the research, as well as gathering and collecting all of the information I found on my topic and organizing it all according to what was relevant and necessary for my Personal Project.”

5)    Is there anything that you have enjoyed or liked about the Personal Project so far?

“I like the concept of no limitations and the freedom to make our own decisions and choices. We can do whatever we want with our projects. I also enjoy the creativity of my Personal Project and making my own Henna designs.”

Name: Andrea Soto

1)    Personal Project topic?

Flamenco Dancing

2)    Why did you choose this topic?

“I was inspired by my Spanish culture and I wanted to look deeper into what Flamenco dancing is.”

3)    How is the Personal Project process going? Is it challenging or easy? Why?

“So far, the Personal Project process is going well. I have been taking Flamenco dance classes for my Personal Project. I started a majority of the Personal Project in September and I am still currently working on it.”

4)    What has been the hardest part of the process so far?

“Being patient because I get easily frustrated with how much work, time and effort goes into doing and completing the Personal Project.”

5)    Is there anything that you have enjoyed or liked about the Personal Project so far?

“I really enjoy learning how to Flamenco dance as it’s a very cultural dance. I also feel a great personal connection to my Personal Project topic since I am doing something that is true to me. I think that learning how to Flamenco dance and feeling a personal connection to my topic is the greatest part about doing the Personal Project.”

 

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