Disclaimer: This entry is only relevant to teachers who work in a school which uses theIB's MYP.
I am the Personal Project Coordinator at my school (and was at my previous school). At the end of Grade 9 students take part in a two day bootcamp to prepare them for the PP. See information aboutDay 1 here.
This session may not be 100% useful to people outside of our school, as it has information about the dates and tools we use at my school. However, some of the videos may be useful!
The first half of this session took place in the library, with the help of our librarian Pascale Viala.
Often students decide at the start of the Personal Project what they want their outcome to be. Students have a lot of research skills, know how to use our databases, how to use MLA8 and more...but we really wanted to get them to realize that their project goal might change through research, and that they do not need to lock themselves down yet..similarly we also wanted to them to see all the different things that can count as research and to highlight some of the fantastic resources around them.
The second part happened in different classrooms, and was led by Grade 10 students again. Grade 10 had the "The punishable perils of plagiarism" quiz and video as a time filler-but many did not need to use it, as students were sharing ideas, brainstorming and more at this point.
One of the most common problems student face with the Personal Project is self-management. Many of them will procrastinate, which causes a lot of stress (and also often a not-so-great report). This final session started in the library with a fun video about procrastination - they then went to their individual classrooms, where Grade 10 students showed them how to use ManageBac's 'To do list' feature, how to create a GANTT chart and how to create a bullet journal.
We ended the session in the library, with finale Q+As and a Kahoot, to show them how much they had learnt at the bootcamp.