Global contexts

Students must identify one of these global contexts for their MYP project, to establish the relevance of their inquiry (why it matters).
Students may consider the following questions as they choose a global context through which to focus their project.
• What do I want to achieve through my personal project?
• What do I want others to understand through my work?
• What impact do I want my project to have?
• How can a specific context give greater purpose to my project?

The choice of the global context will significantly shift the perspective of the MYP project. The table below demonstrate the impact global contexts have on a topic or issue in the personal project.
Global context Examples

Global context Examples
Identity and relationships Examine the question, “Why does rap speak to me?”.
Orientation in space and time Explore the development of rap as a style of music across continents.
Personal and cultural expression Perform a rap song for peers and have a question-and-answer session.
Scientific and technical innovation Design a 3D model of a solar device with instructions for construction.
Orientation in space and time Investigate how, in history, different cultures have made use of energy for different needs.
Globalization and sustainability Debate Hervé Kempf’s ideas about “how the rich are destroying the Earth”.

Approaches to learning

MYP projects are culminating activities through which students present, in a truly personal way, their development of approaches to learning (ATL) skills.Students will demonstrate how they have met the objectives through their presentation or report at the end of the project. They will be expected to communicate clearly, accurately and appropriately, utilizing communication, organization and reflection as ATL skills.

Students have the opportunity to develop affective skills—mindfulness, perseverance, emotional management, self-motivation and resilience—throughout the entire process. This skill set contributes to managing state of mind and a healthy, balanced approach to the projects.

Objective A: Investigating ATL skills
Define a goal to address a need within a community, based on personal interests
i. Define a clear goal and context for the project, based on personal interests
Collaboration
Critical thinking
Creative thinking
ii.Identify prior learning and subject-specific knowledge relevant to the project
iii. Demonstrate research skills
Information
literacy
Media literacy
Transfer
Objective B: Planning  
Develop a proposal for action to serve the need in the community
i. Develop criteria for the product/outcome
Collaboration
Organization
Critical thinking
Creative thinking
ii. Plan and record the development process of the project
iii. Demonstrate self-management skills
Collaboration
Organization
Reflection
Objective C: Taking action  
Demonstrate service as action as a result of the project
i. Create a product/outcome in response to the goal, context and criteria
Organization
Critical thinking
Creative thinking
ii. Demonstrate thinking skills
iii. Demonstrate communication and social skills
Communication
Collaboration
Critical thinking
Creative thinking
Objective D: Reflecting  
i. Evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria
ii. Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context
iii. Reflect on their development as IB learners through the project
Communication
Reflection